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AQ Gladstone

Our specialist therapy and teaching team deliver the following services for people on the autism spectrum and their families living in Gladstone, Bundaberg, Biloela and surrounding areas.

AQ Gladstone

5/281 J Hickey Avenue, Gladstone QLD 4680


Earlyaqtion early childhood services

EarlyAQtion Kindi

EarlyAQtion Kindi supports children up to school entry age to develop the skills necessary for successful participation in-home and community life and transition into the next stage of their education.

These are small group programs, with 4 to 12 children in each group, depending on the needs of the children and centre facilities.

The program is holistic, family-focused and transdisciplinary, with all areas of your child’s life being addressed and with all staff having expertise and input across all areas of functioning.

Staffing varies according to the number and support needs of children in the group:

  • There is at least one professional (Occupational Therapist, Teacher or Speech Pathologist) who is the Group Leader (Key Worker).
  • Each group has at least two Program Assistants.
  • Weekly support from one or more other professionals (Occupational Therapist, Teacher, Psychologist or Speech Pathologist) occurs depending on the support needs of the children in the group.

EarlyAQtion Kindi:

  • Recognises the specific needs of young children on the autism spectrum
  • Recognises parents are crucial members of the team who will help your child achieve success
  • Uses the child’s individual strengths and interests to motivate learning and develop skills
  • Teaches your child skills that are meaningful and useful
  • Utilises a positive approach to behaviour support that focuses on understanding the reasons for undesirable behaviour.

For more information about accessing a place for your child, fees, NDIS funding etc please complete the service request form.

Please note: Autism Queensland group 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.

NB: A waitlist may apply to some groups.

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GROUPS

The following groups are available to families of young children on the autism spectrum living in Gladstone, Bundaberg, Biloela and surrounding areas. They are delivered by members of our multidisciplinary team including teachers & teacher aides, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists.

Please note: Autism Queensland group 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 these groups please complete the service request form below.

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Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)

The ESDM is a model for children under 5 years designed to target the key features of autism involving intensive teaching within a play-based curriculum. Read more.

ESDM Parent Coaching is also available.

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Food School

A group to assist individuals on the autism spectrum to develop positive eating habits and independent eating skills.

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Happy Hands Group

A group to develop the handwriting and fine motor skills of young children (3-7 years) on the autism spectrum.

Social Skills Group

A short term group to develop children’s functional abilities in the area of social skills including turn-taking and sharing, play, social communication and friendship.

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Learn to Play Therapy

Learn to Play focuses on pretend play as this is the most complex and mature form of play. Pretend play also impacts on language (particularly narrative language), social interaction, and emotional integration of the child’s experiences. The play skills that are the focus of Learn to Play Therapy are: ability to spontaneously self-initiate play, sequencing play actions logically, using objects as something else (object substitution or symbols in play), engaging with a doll or teddy character outside of themselves, integrating their play so a clear play script is evident, role play and socially interacting using play.

Learn to Play Therapy is offered as a group and as individual therapy. Parent Coaching is also available.

GROUPs FOR Children & AdolescentS (7-17 years)

The groups are delivered by Autism Queensland Gladstone’s team of therapy and education professionals with expertise in autism.

To register your interest in any of our groups, please complete the service request form below.

B-Me Club

Teenagers on the autism spectrum are invited to join our autism specialists & mentors for four days of self-discovery and learning. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to express themselves through makeup and clothing, meet new friends, practice conversation skills and explore other areas of interest.

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Cool Kids Anxiety Group

A 10-week group that teaches children (7-11 & 12-17 years) and their parents how to better manage their child’s anxiety. The group is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), involves the participation of children and parents and focuses on teaching practical skills. Topics covered include: Learning about anxiety; Learning to think realistically; Parenting an anxious child; Facing fears using stepladders; Learning coping skills such as assertiveness or problem-solving.

The Cool Kids group was developed by Macquarie University and has been running since 1993. It has undergone continual scientific evaluation and development to include the latest understanding of anxiety and its treatment. The group has been translated into a number of languages and today is used in clinics, schools and hospitals around the world.

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Food School

A group to assist individuals on the autism spectrum to develop positive eating habits and independent eating skills.

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LEGO® Club

Lego is often a motivating activity for children and is used as a tool to teach social and communication skills in this 10 week, small group for children aged 7-12 years. Children who do not have a diagnosis but have challenges with social and communications skills are welcome to attend this group.

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Social Skills Group

A short term group to develop children’s functional abilities in the area of social skills including turn-taking and sharing, play, social communication and friendship.

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Secret Agent Society (SAS)

SAS is a fun, espionage themed group program which helps children ages 8-12 to develop the skills to feel happier, calmer, and braver, while also teaching them how to make friends and keep them. SAS Club Cadets will learn these skills through engaging in a fun computer game alongside weekly group sessions with peers, and weekly take home missions to develop their communication and emotional regulation skills.

Parents and Caregivers will be supported to make use of strategies in between group sessions through weekly parent group sessions, and resources will be included to support with the transition of strategies to school and home.

The Hangout

Is your teen interested in activities such as planning and preparing a meal with others, playing games, using public transport, visiting local places in the community, or simply hanging out?

The Hangout is a group for adolescents (13-17 years) interested in connecting with others and developing skills for an independent and healthy life. The group work collectively to plan activities together each week, supported by mentors and therapists. They meet once a week in 10-week blocks which align with the school term.

As part of The Hangout, your teen will have an individual welcome meeting before starting the group to talk about their interests, strengths, and supports, as well as what they would like to work towards through joining the group.

At The Hangout, your teen will have opportunities to:

  • Meet new people
  • Practise conversations
  • Plan activities as part of a group
  • Plan and cook light meals together
  • Budget and plan for outings
  • Play games and more.

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