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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.

Autism Queensland is a registered provider of NDIS supports.

AQ Gladstone

5/281 J Hickey Avenue, Gladstone QLD 4680

ECI Groups only are delivered at: Carinity Education, 803 Glenlyon Road, Glen Eden QLD 4680

EARLY CHILDHOOD GROUPs

Autism Queensland Gladstone provides groups for young children on the autism spectrum and their families living in Gladstone, Bundaberg, Biloela and surrounding areas. Our team includes a speech pathologist, occupational therapist, teachers and teacher aides with expertise in ASD.

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 groups, please complete the form below.

ECI Groups

ECI groups 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. They focus on the development of functional communication and social skills, sensory processing, attention, comprehension, problem-solving, self-care and increased independence. A maximum of six children per group attend two to three days per week for a minimum of 12 months. Suitable for children aged 3-6 years.

ECI Groups are delivered at:
Carinity Education
803 Glenlyon Road, Glen Eden QLD 4680

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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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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 SCHOOL AGES

Autism Queensland Gladstone’s team of therapy and education professionals with expertise in autism deliver the following groups for children and adolescents living in Gladstone, Bundaberg, Biloela and surrounding areas.

To register your interest in any of our groups, please complete the 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) Social Skills Group

A revolutionary social skills group for children aged 8-12 years with social and emotional challenges. The Secret Agent Society (SAS) social skills group 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 group helps parents and professionals to improve children’s emotional understanding and social skills.

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The Hangout

The Hangout is for adolescents (13-17 years) who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During this interactive group, adolescents will learn important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialisation activities (e.g. playing board games).

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