Services for school-aged children
Autism Queensland Mackay delivers a range of services for school-aged children on the autism spectrum and their families living in Mackay, Whitsundays and surrounds. Our specialist team includes teachers, teacher aides, speech pathologists, occupational therapists.
The following programs are currently available for school-aged children.
Social Skills Group Program
A short-term, after-school program, 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 aged between 5-8 years attend weekly for one hour over nine weeks.
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. Teen Tech Shed mentors are current students or recent graduates in Creative Industries programs that have a strong IT focus such as Game Design, Coding, Illustration, Animation and Film and Television. They work with the participants to encourage social skills and create opportunities for the students to learn more about technology.
Delivered during school terms:
Autism Queensland Mackay, Wednesdays 3.30pm-5.30pm.
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.
For information on services for younger children please click here.
Autism Queensland Mackay
The John Villiers Centre of Excellence Mackay-Whitsundays
10 Macrossan Street, East Mackay
P. 07 4841 8300
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.