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Groups for Children & Adolescents

PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE

Autism Queensland offers a range of groups for children on the spectrum of primary school age. These groups focus on key elements including behaviour, developmental and social skills designed to meet the needs of participating children. Please note that due to demand many of these programs do have waitlists.

Please note: Autism Queensland group fees 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.

Places are still available for the following groups: 
  • Holiday Hangout – Brighton
  • Lego Club – Sunnybank

Cool Kids Group

A 10-week group that teaches children 6-12 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 group 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.

This program is offered in Brisbane.

Fun, Friends & Feelings

A small, five-day group delivered during school holidays for children aged 4–7 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 2.5 hours each day. This group is delivered during the school holidays.

This group is offered in Brisbane.

Locations and dates:

Autism Queensland Sunnybank

  • Monday 27 September – Friday 1 October
  • 9am-11:30am

Autism Queensland Brighton

  • Monday 20 September – Friday 24 September
  • 9am – 11:30am

Food Scientists

A nine-week group to help children (7-9 years) develop positive eating habits and reduce anxiety around mealtimes. The group 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.

This group is offered in Brisbane. 

Gamers Club - For Minecraft Extraordinaires

This exciting and fun-filled Minecraft® themed group aims to develop the social skills of children on the autism spectrum aged 8-10 & 11-13 years. During the 8-week group, children will have the opportunity to make connections with others through shared interests, engage in social interactions through structured and unstructured activities, increase their participation in group activities and learn to understand the perspective of others.

This group is offered in Cairns.

Happy Hands Group

A six-week group to develop the handwriting and fine motor skills of young children (3-7 years) on the autism spectrum.

This group is offered in Brisbane.

Holiday Hangout

Previously known as Cool Conversations, the Holiday Hangout is a group to support your child develop their skills and confidence in having conversations with peers within fun, motivating, and meaningful activities.

Participants will have the opportunity to work together over five days to practise a range of skills including having conversations, being part of a team, planning, and negotiating.

This group is facilitated by our therapists and teachers who will support participants to work towards their goals.

For ages 8 – 12.

This group is offered in Brisbane and Rockhampton.

Locations and dates:

Autism Queensland Sunnybank

  • Monday 27 September – Friday 1 October
  • 9:30am – 12pm

Autism Queensland Brighton

  • Monday 27 September – Friday 1 October
  • 9:30am – 12pm

LEGO® Club

Groups offered for children aged 5-7 years and 8-12 years. 

An eight-week group designed to help children on the spectrum develop their social skills. This group uses LEGO®, alongside the expertise of an experienced allied health professional, to facilitate and build on your child’s social skills within a structured small group. Children will work collaboratively in groups of three, following assigned roles to complete LEGO® sets.

This group is offered in Brisbane.

Locations and dates:

Autism Queensland Brighton

  • Monday 11 October – Monday 29 November
  • 3:30pm – 4:45pm

LEGO® Club Holiday Group

A five-day intensive version of the above group.

This group is offered in Brisbane.

Locations and dates:

Autism Queensland Sunnybank

  • Monday 27 September – Friday 1 October
  • 3pm – 4:15pm

Secret Agent Society (SAS)

SAS is a fun, espionage themed group program which helps children ages 8-12 to develop the skills to feel happier, calmer, and braver, while also teaching them how to make friends and keep them. SAS Club Cadets will learn these skills through engaging in a fun computer game alongside weekly group sessions with peers, and weekly take home missions to develop their communication and emotional regulation skills.

Parents and Caregivers will be supported to make use of strategies in between group sessions through weekly parent group sessions, and resources will be included to support with the transition of strategies to school and home.

This group is offered in Brisbane and Rockhampton.

Social Skills

A short-term 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 aged between 5- 8 years will attend a one-hour session weekly over nine weeks after school.

This group is offered in Gladstone. 

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SECONDARY SCHOOL AGE

Autism Queensland offers a range of groups for adolescents on the spectrum of secondary school age. These groups focus on key elements including behaviour, developmental and social skills designed to meet the needs of participants. Please note that due to demand many of these groups do have waitlists.

Please note: Autism Queensland group fees 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.

Allies & Adventures Holiday Group

A school holiday version of this popular role-playing game-based group (RPG) tailored for 13-17 year olds using the tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons. The group supports participants to build friendships and social skills in a safe, structured, and supportive environment. They are supported by experienced mentors to practice their social and communication skills while enjoying role-playing sessions. Participants will learn to work as a team to form plans and problem-solve, engage in conversations, and above all, have an enjoyable time with their fellow role players.

This group is offered in Brisbane.

Locations and dates:

The Hub – 141 Merton Rd, Woolloongabba

  • Monday 20 September – Friday 24 September
  • 1pm – 4pm

B-ME Club

Teenagers on the autism spectrum aged 13-17 years are invited to join our autism specialists & mentors for five 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.

This group is offered in Brisbane.

Cool Kids Chilled Group

A 10-week group that teaches children (13-17 years) and their parents how to better manage their child’s anxiety. The group 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 group 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 group has been translated into a number of languages and today is used in clinics, schools and hospitals around the world.

This group is offered in Gladstone and Rockhampton.

Make a Meal of It: Teens in the Kitchen

Make a Meal of It: Teens in the Kitchen is a four-day group 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.

This group is offered in Brisbane, Gladstone and Rockhampton.

Movie Club

A group for teenagers on the autism spectrum (12-14 & 15-17 years) who enjoy movies and would benefit from practicing their social skills in a small group setting. The group provides a friendly and supportive environment in which participants will enjoy movies together and then join in group discussions and activities around social skills.

This group is offered in Cairns and Brisbane.

PEERS® for Adolescents

PEERS® is an 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).

This group is offered in Brisbane, Gladstone and Rockhampton.

SMS (Safety Made Simple)

A 10-week online cyber safety group 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 group runs twice weekly: 1) A 90-minute group session and 2) a 30-minute check-in and opportunity for questions and other follow up.

This group is offered in Brisbane.

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Teen Tech Shed

Teen Tech Shed is a 10-week group running during the school year 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. Sessions are facilitated in a safe and nurturing online environment that is moderated by program mentors during sessions.

This group is offered in Brisbane.

GAMERS CLUB - FOR MINECRAFT EXTRAORDINAIRES

This exciting and fun-filled Minecraft® themed group aims to develop the social skills of children on the autism spectrum aged 8-10 & 11-13 years. During the 8-week group, children will have the opportunity to make connections with others through shared interests, engage in social interactions through structured and unstructured activities, increase their participation in group activities and learn to understand the perspective of others.

This group is offered in Cairns.

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