Queensland's most experienced provider of specialised education and therapy services for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Brisbane & South East Queensland

The following programs are available to school-aged children with a diagnosis of ASD living in South East Queensland. They are delivered by members of our multidisciplinary team including teachers & teacher aides, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists.  

B-ME Club

Individuals on the autism spectrum aged 14-17 years 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 and practice conversation skills, explore other areas of interest.

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Cool Conversations

A short-term program for children aged 8 and over to help with conversation and social skills. Available during school holidays, sessions run for 90 minutes each day over 5 days in two age groups, 8-12 years and 13-16 years.

Program dates:
Autism Queensland Brighton
  • Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July | 9:00am - 11:30am each day (8 - 12 years)
  • Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July | 1:00pm - 3:30pm each day (13 - 16 years)
Autism Queensland Sunnybank Hills
  • Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July | 9:00am - 11:30am each day (8 - 12 years)
  • Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July | 1:00pm - 3:30pm each day (13 - 16 years)
This program is also available online via video conferencing
  • Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July | 9:00am - 11:30am each day (8 - 12 years)
  • Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July | 1:00pm - 3:30pm each day (13 - 16 years)

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Cool Kids Anxiety Program

A 10-week program that teaches children (7-11 & 12-17 years) and their parents how to better manage their child's anxiety. The program 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 program 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 program has been translated into a number of languages and today is used in clinics, schools and hospitals around the world.

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DISSCO Dance

Developing Independence, Social Success & Communication (DISSCO) is for children & adolescents aged 8-14 years. This program uses motivating mediums of dance, craft and conversation to help your child achieve their friendship goals. Led by Autism Queensland's occupational therapists, DISSCO Dance uses research-based methods to facilitate growth in a range of areas including understanding emotions, making friends, developing confidence, understanding group dynamics, using movement as a positive expression.  (Age appropriate groupings and minimum numbers will apply.) Available at Autism Queensland Sunnybank Hills & Brighton. 

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Fun, Friends & Feelings 

A four-day, small group program delivered during school holidays for children aged 5–7 years and their parents 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. Available during school holidays. Sessions run for 3 hours each day.  

Program dates:
Autism Queensland Brighton
  • Monday 6 July - Friday 10 July I 9:00am - 11.30am each day
Autism Queensland Sunnybank Hills
  • Monday 6 July - Friday 10 July I 9:00am - 11.30am each day

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Food Scientists

A nine-week group program to help children (7-9 years) develop positive eating habits and reduce anxiety around mealtimes. The program aims to help children learn about the 'science' of food (using food for energy, learning about digestion), have positive experiences with food and learn about the properties of food, learn simple recipes they can use at home and expand the range of foods they will try. 

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Happy Hands Group Program

A six-week group program to develop the handwriting and fine motor skills of young children (5-7 years) on the autism spectrum. 

Program dates:
Autism Queensland Brighton
  • Thursday 16 July - Thursday 13 August I Sessions held weekly (Thursdays) 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Autism Queensland Sunnybank Hills
  • Monday 13 July - Monday 10 August | Sessions held weekly (Mondays) 3:30pm - 4:30pm

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LEGO® Club

A six-week, LEGO-based therapy for children aged 5-7 years. This program will assist participants to develop their social skills including communication, turn-taking, waiting, following directions and asking for help. 

Program dates:
Autism Queensland Brighton
  • Tuesday 28 July - Tuesday 1 September| Sessions held weekly (Tuesdays) 3.30pm - 4.45pm

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LEGO® Club School Holiday Program

A four-day intensive program for children aged 5-7 years. This program will assist participants to develop their social skills including communication, turn-taking, waiting, following directions and asking for help. 

Please note the July program is FULL. To be added to a waitlist for future programs follow the link below.

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Make a Meal of It: Teens In the Kitchen

Make a Meal of It: Teens in the Kitchen is a four-day program for adolescents (13-17 years) that aims to prepare young people for the journey to adulthood through activities including cooking, budgeting, shopping and social participation. Participants will be grouped according to their ability.

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PEERS® for Adolescents

PEERS® is a 18-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated adolescents (13-17 years) who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During this online interactive program, 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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SMS (Safety Made Simple)

A 10-week online cyber safety program designed for teens on the autism spectrum aged 13-17 years who would like to learn more about maintaining personal safety when navigating online platforms. Led by therapists and mentors participants will explore the use of emojis and memes, cyberbullying, appropriate communication online, image portrayal ('selfies' and profile pictures), maintaining privacy, avoiding scams or being 'hacked' and making online purchases. They will be supported to set and achieve goals in the context of online safety and supported, if necessary to access and understand content.

This program runs twice weekly - a 90-minute group session and a 30-minute check-in and opportunity for questions and other follow up. 

Program dates: 
Delivered online via video conferencing
  • Wednesday 15 July - Friday 18 September I Sessions held weekly (Wednesdays) 3:30pm - 5:00pm + 30 minutes (Fridays) time TBC.  

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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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Teen Tech Shed

Teen Tech Shed is a social group for young people on the autism spectrum aged 13-17 years. It encourages appropriate socialising around technology while encouraging students to extend their knowledge of programming, coding and digital media.

Delivered online via video conferencing.

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Other Services:

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Autism Queensland Sunnybank Hills

437 Hellawell Road, Sunnybank Hills

Autism Queensland Brighton

136 North Road, Brighton

P. 07 3273 0000
E.
 customerservice@autismqld.com.au

For information on therapy and programs in Central Queensland, Mackay-Whitsunday and Far North Queensland please contact the Autism Queensland centre in that region

For all other areas of Queensland please email us