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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 program 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.

Cool Conversations

Cool Conversations is a group to help your child develop their communication skills alongside peers within fun, motivating, and meaningful activities.

Participants will have the opportunity to work together throughout the week long group to practise a range of skills including having conversations, working together as a team, planning, and negotiating, all within a group setting.

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

This group is offered in Brisbane and Rockhampton.

Cool Kids Anxiety 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, Gladstone and Rockhampton.

Locations and dates:

Autism Queensland Sunnybank

  • Wednesdays, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 2 June – Wednesday 18 August

Fun, Friends & Feelings

A small, four-day group 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 2.5 hours each day. This group is delivered during the school holidays.

This group is offered in Brisbane.

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. 

Locations and dates:

Autism Queensland Sunnybank

  • Wednesdays 3:30pm – 4:45pm
  • Wednesday 21 July – Wednesday 15 September

Autism Queensland Brighton

  • Wednesdays 3:30pm – 4:45pm
  • Wednesday 21 July – Wednesday 15 September

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 (5-7 years) on the autism spectrum.

This group is offered in Brisbane.

LEGO® Club

Groups offered for children aged 5-7 years and 8-11 years. 

A six-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 Sunnybank

Ages 5-7:

  • Mondays, 3:30pm – 4:45pm
  • Monday 19 July – Monday 24 August

Ages 8-12:

  • Mondays, 3:30pm – 4:45pm
  • Monday 19 July – Monday 24 August

Autism Queensland Brighton

Ages 5-7 & 8-12:

  • Mondays, 3:30pm – 4:45pm
  • Monday 12 July – Monday 30 August

LEGO® Club School Holiday Program

A five-day intensive version of the above group.

Secret Agent Society (SAS) Social Skills Group

A revolutionary social skills group for children aged 8-12 years with social and emotional challenges. The Secret Agent Society (SAS) social skills group 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 group helps parents and professionals to improve children’s emotional understanding and social skills.

This group is offered in Brisbane and Mackay.

Locations and dates:

Autism Queensland Sunnybank

  • Fridays, 2.30pm – 4.45pm
  • Friday 16 July – Friday 17 September

Autism Queensland Brighton

  • Tuesdays, 3.15pm – 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 13 July – Tuesday 14 September

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 children 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 participating children. Please note that due to demand many of these groups do have waitlists.

Please note: Autism Queensland group program 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.

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 Conversations

A short-term group for children aged 8-12 and 12-15 years that aims to help them with conversation and social skills. Available during school holidays, sessions run for two hours each day over five days.

This group is offered in Brisbane and Rockhampton.

Cool Kids Anxiety 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 Brisbane, 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 & 14-17 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.

Locations and dates:

The Autism Hub Woolloongabba

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 13 July – Thursday 16 September

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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