Services for school-aged children with ASD
Autism Queensland Mackay delivers a range of services to school-aged children on the autism spectrum and their families living in Mackay, Whitsundays and surrounds. Our specialist team include teachers, teacher aides, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and a social worker.
The following therapy services and 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.
An interactive workshop that supports individuals aged 15-24 years with autism transition to employment, training or further education. Delivered from CQUniversity Mackay City Campus.
Autism Queensland provides Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy services for individuals of all ages.
Food School will assist individuals to develop their feeding habits and independent eating skills. These sessions target areas that may cause difficulty for individuals with ASD such as restrictions in the types and number of foods they will eat, sensitivity to certain tastes, smells and textures and extreme reactions to foods they do not like.
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Secret Agent Society (SAS) Social Skills Program
An evidence-based social skills program for children aged 8-12 years with social and emotional challenges. This program aims to help children crack the codes of emotions and friendships, bullying, friendly joking, conversations and social encounters. This program is delivered during school terms. Read more ►
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 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.