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Inclusion News


Welcome to our May edition of ‘Inclusion News’.

Our first article in this edition ‘100 Facts About Sensory Processing’ will support educator understanding of not only how our brains receive, analyses and responds to the signals it receives from our environment but will also provide ideas for inclusion within daily programs to support children’s sensory processing skills.  For ECCC services who are currently supporting the inclusion of children with Autism, we have included two articles ‘Tips for Toileting’ and ‘Using the Word Stop’, these articles are also great to share with families.
Our fourth article ‘Year-round outdoor play can boost performance in school’ is a great reminder of the value of ‘outdoor play’ in enhancing children’s overall development.  All too often as winter closes in, the time children spend outside decreases, often because educators feel it’s too cold to go outside!  This article reminds us of the importance large blocks of ‘outdoor play’ has on developing minds and bodies.    

Don’t Keep History A Mystery – ‘Reconciliation Week’- 27 May to 3 June 2018

This year during National Reconciliation Week, Reconciliation Australia invites all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation.  “Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow” explores history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered. This National Reconciliation Week learn more about the Australian story.
Lady Gowrie Tasmania Inclusion Agency welcomes your feedback or suggestions for future articles, please email your thoughts



100 Facts About Sensory Processing


This fact sheet from Sensory Processing 101 is a great starting point in helping you to understand sensory processing and common terms associated with each of the senses




Tips for Toilet Training Children with ASD


Toilet training is a skill that takes time for children to learn and requires support from engaged, patient adults however, for children with autism the challenges with toilet training increase considerably and often require a very structured approach to support success.  The following article from Sue Larkey explains why children with autism often experience difficulty learning this skill.  Sue’s ‘Tips for Toileting’ is a great resource for ECCC services to use with families.   




Using the Word Stop


As early childhood professionals, we understand the importance and value of our words on children and the way in which they react. This article highlights the importance of the word 'stop' and 'no' when working with children who have been diagnosed with ASD.




Year-Round Outdoor Play can Boost Kids Performance in School


This blog by Monica Arkin provokes reflection on our practices around outdoor play.  Arkin raises the point of the need for outdoor play to be recognised as a full-time staple of healthy development.




Reconciliation Week
27 May – 3 June 2018

Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow


Reconciliation Week dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.  National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.  Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The following weblinks will support your service to learn more about ‘Reconciliation Week’ together with access to great information to further support knowledge and understanding.
Narragunnawali supports schools and early learning services in Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.

ECA Learning Hub 
To show support of ‘Reconciliation Week’, the ECA Learning Hub is offering the ‘Reconciliation in Action’ (Part 1 and Part 2) modules for free, for a limited time.





Upcoming Community Professional Development Opportunities


Introduction to Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture




Please note Lady Gowrie Tasmania Inclusion Agency has offices in all three regions of the state, however, as Inclusion Professionals work predominately in early childhood and child care services across the state, please direct any inquiries to head office where we can ensure a timely reply to your enquiry.

Operational Hours

Operating 51 weeks of the year

Monday to Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm (Head Office)

After hours by arrangement

Head Office
346 Macquarie St,
South Hobart, TAS, 7004.

1800 647 718
6230 6840

Regional Offices
56 Frederick St, Launceston, Tas, 7250.
6324 1360   
11 Queen St, Burnie, Tas, 7320.
6431 302



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