Raising Children Network
Research-based information about autism and general child development:

Talk with me baby

Maternal and Child Health

My Health Learning and development

Key Ages and Stages Handouts
Play Learn Grow


Amaze (Autism Victoria) is the peak body for autism in Victoria, providing information and resources connecting individuals, families and professionals to supports for autism.

Amaze – The Autism Spectrum Information Booklet Guide for Victorian Families

Raising Children Network – Research-based information about autism and general child development.

Autism Awareness Australia is a not-for-profit autism education and awareness organisation.

Autism Navigator

Ned – Understanding Autism Short Film for Indigenous Families

Autism and Girls

Yellow Ladybugs

Spotlight on girls with autism

Autism traits in females


National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Australia

Amaze – The assessment and diagnosis process

Amaze – Autism Assessment Teams in Victoria (for Children and Young People)

Raising Children’s Network – Government-funded ASD diagnostic services

Raising Children’s Network – Understanding the system

Royal Children’s Hospital – Autism assessment ages 0-6


Amaze – Medicare benefits information sheet


Talking with your child about their autism diagnosis – Raelene Dundon


Amaze – Sharing an autism diagnosis info sheet


Therapy Connect
Information about therapies and services via this website

Raising Children Network Therapy Guide


The NDIS provides support and funding for people with a disability. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the government agency that operates the NDIS. The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach is designed to provide funding and support for all children under the age of 7 who have a developmental delay or disability.

For information about referral services and supports, and eligibility for the NDIS contact your local Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) partner office.

NDIS Factsheets

Booklet 1: Understanding the NDIS
Booklet 2: Planning
Booklet 3: Using your NDIS plan

NDIS Planning Workbook

Allied Health

Speech Therapy Private speech pathologists may be found on the Speech Pathology Australia website:

Occupational Therapy Private occupational therapists in your area can be found on the Occupational Therapy Australia website:

Psychologist  A psychologist can be found on the Australian Psychological Society website, or through a referral by your GP/Paediatrician.

Strategies at home

An Early Start for your Child with Autism – Geraldine Dawson, Laurie A. Vismara, & Sally J. Rogers
An early intervention program that provides parents with practical strategies they can use with their child on a daily basis. It provides vivid examples that illustrate evidence-based techniques for promoting play, language, and engagement to give your child the tools to explore and enjoy the world.

More than Words – Fern Sussmann (Hanen Program).
A practical evidence-based guide that helps parents promote communication and social skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.—DVDs/Parents/More-Than-Words.aspx

It Takes Two to Talk – Elaine Weitzman (Hanen Program).
A practical evidence-based guide designed for parents of children with language delays. In a comfortable small group setting, you’ll learn how you can build your child’s language skills naturally during everyday routines and activities.—DVDs/Parents/It-Takes-Two-to-Talk.aspx

Talk Ability – Fern Sussman (Hanen Program).
A practical evidence-based designed for parents of verbal children with high-functioning autism, including Asperger Syndrome, and other social communication difficulties.—DVDs/Parents/TalkAbility.aspx


Amaze – Questions to ask service providers info sheet

Amaze – Creating a positive environment for people on the autism spectrum


Workshops and support groups

Early Days – Amaze has free workshops about autism

PlayConnect is a network of autism-specific play groups by PlayGroups Australia.

My Time is a parent support program for parents and carers of children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition.

Small Talk Supported Play Groups

Carers Victoria offer low cost counselling

Association for Children with a Disability

Amaze list of Victorian Support groups


Amaze autism information advisor service. 1300 308 699

Maternal and Child Health Line. 13 22 29

Parent Line. 13 22 89



Stepping Stones Triple P

Amaze – behaviour support strategies for people on the autism spectrum


Yellow Ladybugs (Autistic women and girls)

I CAN Network

Autism Actually


The Early Intervention Indigenous Liaison Officer (EI ILO) Program
Provides families in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with the tools, language and information to ensure they are confident to visit a GP or

DHHS Help in your language

Australian Parents from different cultures: videos

Multicultural autism resources

Háblame Bebé app



Maternal and Child Health Line App

Háblame Bebé app


The Parenting Spectrum Podcast 

What we wished we’d known when our son was diagnosed on the autism spectrum

DAD – Autism and Fatherhood film by Autism Awareness Australia

Hanen Centre – Why Interaction Matters
PART one –
PART two –

8 Common Early Signs of Autism

Creating More Learning Opportunities for Your Child with Autism


Speak to your child in the language you know best!

The Hanen Centre – It’s never too early to have conversations with your child

The Hanen Centre – Tips for parents of young children who communicate without words—Without-Words.aspx

The Hanen Centre -Tips for parents of children who have just started talking—Started-Talking.aspx

The Hanen Centre -ips for parents of children who talk in sentences—Sentences.aspx


For more information about the different approaches to teaching skills to children visit:

Teaching skills to children: different approaches

Teaching skills to children is an important part of behaviour management. Get three options for teaching skills: instructions, modelling and step by step.


You can borrow fun and educational toys, games, puzzles and activities from a Toy Library!

Attend a community playgroup or a supported play group. Contact Play Group Australia to find out about groups in your area:

Playgroup Victoria

Playgroup is for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and their parents or carers. Around 40,000 children from 30,000 families go to playgroup in all cor

The Hanen Centre – Encouraging Joint Engagement with Children with ASD

The Hanen Centre – 10 People games for playing with children with ASD

The Hanen Centre – Six Steps to Follow the Child’s lead—Sample-PDFs/TTS_1-ENS.aspx


Visit the Raising Children’s Network Baby Karaoke page, which has animated videos with lyrics:

Baby Karaoke

An interactive features that reminds you of the words and tune of popular children’s songs and nursery rhymes. Favourites such as Baa Baa Black Sheep, Rock-a-Bye Baby and Old MacDonald are included.

For popular nursery rhymes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages:

The Hanen Centre –How to sing with babies

The Hanen Centre – How to sing with toddlers


Visit your local library to borrow a range of children’s books for free or attend a story time session:

plvnnew | Public Libraries

Public libraries across the state offer a wide range of services, including academic research, professional seminars, children’s story time sessions and special events. In Victoria there are 47 Public Library Services / Regional Library Corporations.

For more information about appropriate books to read with your child visit:

The Hanen Centre –Sharing books with toddlers,-The-Hanen-Way.aspx