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The Autism Hub

The Autism Hub

Providing a central place to share information and resources from the work developed at Giant Steps


At Giant Steps we believe that sharing information and resources is fundamental to developing a shared understanding of best practice in Education and therapy services supporting the learning of individuals with Autism.

Children with autism tend to be very literal and therefore the way we support their understanding needs to be reflected in concrete and literal language. The Autism Hub provides a broad resource that is constantly being updated to add value, information and learning opportunities to children, parents and professionals.

We would like to extend our thanks to the many Giant Steps staff who have allowed their work to be shared for this purpose.

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Rachael Bowen

National Director of Speech Therapy
B AppSci (Speech Pathology), GradCert. Psychology, M Teach (Primary)

Rachael Bowen holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology and a Masters of Teaching through the University of New England.

Rachael has been working as a Speech Pathologist at Giant Steps since 2007 and has a special interest in assessing the functional communication needs of students with Autism.

She has been involved in innovative research which includes the use of dynamic visual supports to support emotional regulation and the evaluation of key therapy programs. This research has been presented at a range of national and international conferences.

Trish Karedis

Director of Professional Learning
M A (Communication Management) B Education (Primary) B Economics (Soc Sci)

Trish holds a Masters in Communication Management, a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Economics Social Sciences.

In 2016, Trish became the founding Principal of Giant Steps Melbourne. The successful establishment of our second school was an important stage in extending our services nationally.  Trish’s involvement in the five year project included the registration and renovations of Giant Steps Melbourne, fostering a new collaborative professional team, designing and implementing individualised student programs within the Victorian Curriculum and building an extraordinary culture of partnership with families and the broader community.

Returning to Sydney recently, Trish is focused on the nurturing of collaborative professional teams to create school programs and environments which best support students with autism and their families. She is passionate about Educational Leadership and its successful distribution within our growing organisation.

Trish has been a part of Giant Steps since 2003 with a range of experience across primary and secondary age groups, as well facilitating the integration of students into mainstream schools . Trish is committed to working extensively within the community, highlighting the needs of individuals with autism to support their successful inclusion in broader settings.

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