The Melbourne Autism Expo is a family friendly meeting place for anyone touched by ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Extended family members, teachers and anyone working or living with ASD children will benefit from the Melbourne Autism Expo. This is the perfect opportunity to meet with people in similar circumstances and learn how to support the people living with ASD.
A fun and interactive environment, there will be Lego play presented by Bricks 4 Kidz, Story time with the Eastern Regional Library service (A maximum number of 10-15 children per session), Calming Corner where kids can draw or write down their worries then give their worry to a worry doll for safekeeping, and Colouring Cubby where kids can enjoy some time alone with some soothing colour-filled fun.
The Chill Out Area is a break room catering specifically to parents and carers. Enjoy free hand and feet massages courtesy of Reflexology Association Australia. Skin treatments, advice and samples thanks to Arbonne, and head, neck and shoulder massages by Like Minded Souls.
There will also be Raffles, an AFL Clinic, speakers and roaming entertainers.
Anticipate tailor made programs and products specifically for each age group being children, adolescents, adults and families.
The expo will feature Therapy and Support Centres, OT, Speech, Psychologists, Sport & Physical Training Specialists, Musicians, Pharmacy & Health Services, Respite, Sensory items, Toys, Special Needs Photography, Dieticians, Schools, Government & Community Organisations, Educational Supplies & Equipment, Art & Craft, Lego, Technology and lots more.
Speakers will include Berinda Karp, who will talk about making the transition from high school to post school education and vocational training, Deborah Randa who will speak about disability discrimination in education and the workplace, Jeanette Purkis speaking about autism and resilience, Jeremy Samson who will consider why ASD is on the rise and how we manage the difficulties and build better coping mechanisms, Lyndel Kennedy offering successful strategies for secondary school, Renee Townson and Tarryn Dee speaking together about sensory processing. The timetable is available on the Melbourne Autism Expo website.
Entry is $15 per adult with children under 16 years free. Concession tickets $10 each. To save time, pre-purchase tickets from the Melbourne Autism Expo website. Booking fees apply and surcharge for EFT/credit card payments.
The Melbourne Autism Expo is being held on Saturday 30th April 2016, 10am – 5pm at the Karralyka Centre, Mines Road, Ringwood.
The Karralyka Centre in Ringwood is located 30 minutes East of Melbourne. There is free onsite parking. For visitors taking public transport, the Ringwood Train Station (off the Belgrave & Lilydale lines) and the Ringwood East Train Station are approximately 10 minutes walk from Karralyka.