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AQ Cairns

Autism Queensland Cairns is located at Edmonton, Cairns. Our specialist therapy and teaching team provide the following services for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families living in Cairns, Atherton, Innisfail, Weipa and surrounding areas.

AQ Cairns

Far North Queensland Centre of Excellence
15 – 17 Marr Street, Edmonton QLD 4869


EARLY CHILDHOOD GROUP PROGRAMS

Autism Queensland’s purpose-built Centre of Excellence Far North Queensland is located in Edmonton and is the region’s only specialist ASD early intervention centre. We deliver group programs to young children with a diagnosis of ASD and their families living in Cairns, Atherton, Innisfail, Weipa and surrounding areas. This team includes teachers and teacher aides, speech pathologists, occupational therapist and psychologist.

Please note: Autism Queensland group program fees are charged under the Capacity Building – Improved Daily Living section of your NDIS Plan. If you do not have funding in this specific Support Category, please discuss with your NDIS Local Area Coordinator or phone the NDIS on 1800 800 110.

To register your interest in any of our services or programs, please complete the expression of interest form below.

ECI Group Programs

ECI group programs support children to develop the skills necessary for successful participation in home and community life and for successful transition into the next stage of their education. Children attend two days a week, 9am-2.30pm during school terms, for a minimum of 12 months.

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Social Skills Program

Week-long, small group sessions for children aged 5–17 years that focuses on using the group environment to teach and reinforce a range of social skills including coping with stress and frustration, communicating and making friends. Children are grouped according to age, skills & individual goals.

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GROUP PROGRAMS for school-aged children

Autism Queensland’s purpose-built Centre of Excellence Far North Queensland is located in Edmonton. We deliver group programs to children with a diagnosis of ASD and their families living in Cairns, Atherton, Innisfail, Weipa and surrounding areas. Our team includes teachers and teacher aides, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists and social workers.

To register your interest in any of our services or programs, please complete the expression of interest form below.

B-ME Club (12-15 & 15-17 years)

Individuals on the autism spectrum are invited to join our autism specialists for 10 weeks of self-discovery and learning. Participants will have the opportunity to develop new friendships in a safe environment, understand body changes and how to look after themselves (e.g. beauty, routines, puberty and hygiene) and learn about cyber safety.

Sessions are held weekly during school terms.

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Gamers Club - for Minecraft Extraordinaires

This exciting and fun-filled Minecraft® themed program aims to develop the social skills of children on the autism spectrum aged 8-10 & 11-13 years. During the 8-week program, children will have the opportunity to make connections with others through shared interests, engage in social interactions through structured and unstructured activities, increase their participation in group activities and learn to understand the perspective of others.

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Movie Club (12-14 & 14-17 years)

A program for teenagers on the autism spectrum (12-14 & 14-17 years) who enjoy movies and would benefit from practising their social skills in a small group setting. The program provides a friendly and supportive environment in which participants will enjoy movies together and then join in group discussions and activities around social skills.

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Social Skills Program

Week-long, small group sessions for children aged 5–17 years that focuses on using the group environment to teach and reinforce a range of social skills including coping with stress and frustration, communicating and making friends. Children are grouped according to age, skills and individual goals.

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LEGO® Club

A program to develop the social and cooperative teamwork skills of children aged 7-10 years.

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Secret Agent Society (SAS) Social Skills Program

A revolutionary social skills program for children aged 8-12 years with social and emotional challenges. The Secret Agent Society (SAS) social skills program creates a fun, non-threatening environment in which children can learn the skills they need to become happy, well-adjusted and valued members of our society. This flexible program helps parents and professionals to improve children’s emotional understanding and social skills.

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