What we do...
Animal Assisted Education Australia (AAE-Aus) is a participant first organisation providing experiences for people to assist with their individual learning or life goals. We provide farm & companion animals, nature & most importantly patience to offer truly individualised learning for each of our Villagers.
NDIS Accreditation & Certifications Coming Soon
NDIS CODE 15_056_0128_1_3
Private, 1 on 1 session or up to 1:3 . Utilising animals, nature and play to develop communication, social skills and learning for children and young adults. This program is especially beneficial for the Neuro- Diverse -being Neuro- psychiatric conditions such as ASD, ADHD, OCD, Schizophrenia, Post Traumatic Stress & alike.
Animal Studies / Animal Care
Provides individuals with the skills & knowledge to work as an animal handler providing animal assisted services to support people with disabilities & special needs.
Animal Behaviour & Training
This skill set is for people interested in working with animals in roles like "Veterinarian nurse", RSPCA or animal assisted services to support people with disabilities or special needs.
Meet The Team
Jess has been riding and competing horses for 17 years up to state level. After teaching horse riding in the USA she decided to become a teacher and is currently an education student at UQ. She hopes to inspire people of all abilities to learn and discover the world through animals and create life long friends.
Founder & Animal Assisted Learning facilitator. After a year of mentor ship under the families animal management experts, 2 years of the "School of Youtube" and a cumulative 24 years of parenthood this class clown, turned, Airmen in the Australian Defence Force, turned Airfield Rescue Fire Fighter draws upon life experience more than formal education to serve his community.
Co-Founder, Executive communicator & events programmer, often the face and voice of the Animal Assisted Education- Aus' Board. As wife to an adult diagnosed Autist, mother of 2 (daughter is also on the spectrum) Julia has over a decade of experience communicating with & advocating for people on the Spectrum. In addition to her 8 years military service, Julia studied a Bachelor of Criminology, Diploma of Justice and numerous certificates in mental health, youth work and child protection juvenile justice.
Meet The Board
Kate Stansfield is a teacher and school leader in literacy education. She has worked closely with teachers as a Literacy Coach to improve to improve student reading and writing. She has a firm belief that all children can be successful learners given the right teaching and tools to help them. Kate loves reading dystopian fiction and always recommends reading the book before seeing the movie. Her favourite quote is ‘nevertheless she persisted’. Kate’s greatest joy in life is her son Jack
Founder & Animal Assisted Learning facilitator, husband & father of 2. After his daughter being Diagnosed Autistic in 2010 leading to himself being diagnosed at 27, some life changing events in the workplace & almost 10 years of hard won mental health improvements, Kevin and his wife founded "Bush and barrel" the beginnings of Animal Assisted Education Australia Inc.
Laura Lewis has a lived experience as an Autistic & ADHD person who lives with a mental illness. Laura advocates for the removal of the stigma associated with both. Laura has previously been a member of several committees devoted to bringing about positive change. Laura has been pivotal in assisting her Autistic Son, Clay to start his own business. Laura is also a public speaker & most importantly can sing "Happy Birthday" backwards.
I grew up on a pineapple farm in Africa & then completed my final years of education & University in England with a degree in Tourism & Hospitality management, I spent my 20's working & travelling the world. After meeting my now husband I emigrated to Australia in 2007 & now have two beautiful girls. During my 9 years living in the Redlands I have also completed Certificate 3 in childcare/ early years & spent time working as an inclusion support educator for children. After my children were diagnosed Autistic Spectrum Condition at ages 5 and 4, I struggled a little to accept my eldest daughters diagnosis but soon came to understand & embrace Autism & now do all I can to advocate for it. I am grateful for all the support we have for our children here in the Redlands & continue to learn from my girls every day. Through working with their psychologists, I have come to understand I too have Autism. I have seen first hand how animals can help people with Autism & am very happy to be involved with Animal Assisted Education- Aus.