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AQ Mackay

Our specialist therapy and teaching team provide the following services for individuals on the autism spectrum living in Mackay, Whitsundays and surrounding areas.

Autism Queensland is a registered provider of NDIS supports. (Please note: Fees for Autism Queensland group programs 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.)

This service was made possible thanks to the financial support of The John Villiers Trust, in conjunction with funding provided by the Department of Communities – Disability Services. John Villiers was a lifelong member of Autism Queensland and emphasised the importance of accessibility of services in regional Queensland.

AQ Mackay

The John Villiers Centre of Excellence Mackay-Whitsunday
10 Macrossan Street, East Mackay QLD 4740


EARLY CHILDHOOD GROUPs

For children under seven years of age and their families.

To register interest for your child in one of the following groups please complete the service request 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.

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Early Start Denver Model

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

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Food School

Food School follows the principles of the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to Feeding to help children develop positive eating habits and reduce anxiety around mealtimes.

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Preparing for Year 1

A 15-week group for children on the autism spectrum that aims to help with successful transition from Prep to Year 1.

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Social Skills Group

A short-term, after-school group that aims to develop children’s functional abilities in the area of social skills including turn-taking and sharing, play, social communication and friendship. Children attend a one-hour session weekly over nine weeks after school.

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GROUPs FOR SCHOOL ages

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

Social Skills Group

A short-term, after-school group that aims to develop children’s functional abilities in the area of social skills including turn-taking and sharing, play, social communication and friendship. Children attend a one-hour session weekly over nine weeks after school.

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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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