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Scout Leader Training

Autism Queensland is working with Scouts Queensland to deliver free autism information workshops for their Leaders.

These sessions are designed to meet the needs of your Scout Group and aim to support Scout Leaders to effectively facilitate the inclusion and engagement of autistic children attending Scouts.

They are interactive and participants will leave with an increased knowledge and understanding of autism, practical strategies to assist in effective inclusion of autistic group members, and the confidence to support young people in their local Scout community.

All content has been designed in collaboration with autistic people, including two consultants who work with the project.


Scheduled Workshops

We schedule workshops across the year. They are delivered at locations around the state, as well as online to ensure all interested Scout Leader can access them.

Understanding Autistic Individuals

This workshop provides Scout Leaders with an understanding of autism and how it may impact individuals participating in Scouts.

Topics include:

  • The diverse characteristics, strengths, and challenges of autism.
  • Understanding the individual in order to enhance their participation in Scout Groups.
  • Practical strategies to support inclusion within Scouting.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Clues to Behaviour

We explore why behaviours of concern may occur and introduce positive strategies for supporting autistic young people and adults.

Topics include:

  • Understanding underlying reasons for behaviour that may be of concern.
  • Adjusting our interactions and our physical environment.
  • Positive, proactive strategies for reducing behaviours of concern.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Understanding Sensory Differences

This workshop is co-facilitated by adults with lived experience of autism who share their perspectives and experiences and will explore and explain sensory processing differences for young autistic people and adults.

Topics include:

  • What is sensory processing?
  • The impact of sensory sensitivity during Scouting activities
  • Strategies to support inclusion.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Understanding Autism and Neurodiversity

Topics covered include:

  • The diverse characteristics, strengths, and challenges of autism.
  • The important of understanding neurodiversity in individuals.
  • Understanding the individual to enhance participation.
  • Practical strategies to support inclusion.

Duration: 1.5 hours


Customised Workshops

We can customise our workshops to include topics of concern in which Leaders may need guidance and assistance.

If you would like to arrange a session for leaders in your group or region to include topics not covered in our scheduled sessions, email [email protected]


Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to www.dss.gov.au for more information.

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