Autism Spectrum Australia

New! Inclusion and the Early Years Framework workshop

  • Posted: Wed, 18/02/2015 - 4:28pm

Aspect Practice introduces a brand new workshop for early years educators, based on the Early Years Learning Framework.

“Every child is entitled to access and participate in Early Childhood Education and Care programs which recognise them as active agents in their own lives and learning, respond to them as individuals, respect their families as partners and engage with their diverse backgrounds and cultures."
ECIA &; ECA (2012) Position Statement on the inclusion of children with a disability in early childhood education and care. 

Children with autism often face challenges accessing, participating and engaging in the early childhood programs due to the nature of their disability. This workshop aims to provide participants with strategies and practical resources to assist children on the autism spectrum - how to adapt and modify activities for children with autism so they can meet the learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework and to be included within an early education and care environment.

The first Inclusion and the Early Years Framework workshop will be held in Burwood, Sydney on 6 March, by specialist presenters Anita Calabrese, and Jessica Middleton.

Anita has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) and has worked for Aspect since 2009, across Early Intervention and Aspect Schools. In 2013/14 she travelled to Kathmandu to work on the Autism Care Nepal Project. She is the Chair of the NSW Evidence Based Practice Group for Speech Pathologists, Autism group. Anita is passionate about quality service delivery, using visual supports and safe inclusive environments for people with autism. 

Jessica has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and has worked with Aspect's Early Intervention and Therapies programs since 2009. Prior to this, Jessica worked to support adults with disabilities in employment and leisure programs. With Building Blocks she has worked across home, early childhood, school and centre based programs supporting children with autism and other disabilities, their families, teachers and professionals. She has also delivered workshops across metropolitan and regional areas of New South Wales. In 2011, Jessica was a part of a team of therapists from Aspect that supported the development of programs and resources for autism specific long day care centre in Sydney’s West. For the last two years, Jessica has been involved in a partnership program between Aspect, Charles Sturt University and Autism Care Nepal, travelling to Kathmandu, Nepal to clinically support university students completing their final placement at Autism Care. 

See the event for more information, go to for details of this and other upcoming workshops, or call Customer service 1800 ASPECT (1800 277 328).


New! Inclusion and the Early Years Framework workshop