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Autism Queensland Services for School Aged Children

Group Programs

PRIMARY SCHOOL

Autism Queensland offers a range of group programs for children on the spectrum of primary school age. These programs 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

A short-term program for children aged 8-12 years attending mainstream school 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 program is offered in Brisbane.

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Fun, Friends & Feelings

A four-day, small group program 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 program is delivered during the school holidays.

This program is run in Brisbane. 

Program location and dates to be released soon. 

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Food Scientists

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

Program location and dates to be released soon. 

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GAMERS CLUB - FOR MINECRAFT EXTRAORDINAIRES

This exciting and fun-filled Minecraft® themed program aims to develop the social skills of children on the autism spectrum aged 8-10 & 11-13 years. During the 8-week program, 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 program is run in Cairns.

Program location and dates to be released soon. 

Happy Hands Group

A six-week group program to develop the handwriting and fine motor skills of young children (5-7 years) on the autism spectrum.

This program is run in Brisbane.

Program location and dates to be released soon. 

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LEGO® Club

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

A six-week program designed to help children on the spectrum develop their social skills. This program 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 program is run in Brisbane.

Program locations and dates:

Autism Queensland Sunnybank Hills – ECI Gym

  • Sessions run weekly on Mondays 3:30pm – 4:45pm
  • Mon 15 Feb 2021 – Mon 22 Mar 2021

Autism Queensland Brighton – Gym

  • Sessions run weekly on Mondays 3:30pm – 4:45pm
  • Mon 15 Feb 2021 – Mon 22 Mar 2021
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LEGO® Club School Holiday Program

A five-day intensive version of the above program.

This program is run in Brisbane.

Program location and dates to be released soon. 

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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.

This program is run in Brisbane.

Program location and dates to be released soon. 

 

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Social Skills

A short-term 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 will attend a one-hour session weekly over nine weeks after school.

This program is run in Gladstone. 

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SECONDARY SCHOOL

Autism Queensland offers a range of group programs for children on the spectrum of secondary school age. These programs 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.

ALLIES & ADVENTURES

A school holiday version of this popular role-playing game-based program (RPG) tailored for 13-17 year olds using the tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons. The program  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 program is offered in Brisbane.

Program locations and dates:

The Autism Hub Woolloongabba

  • Sessions run weekly on Wednesdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Wed 27 Jan 2021 – Wed 31 Mar 2021
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B-ME Club

Teenagers on the autism spectrum aged 16-18 years are invited to join our autism specialists & mentors for four 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 program is offered in Brisbane.

Program location and dates to be released soon. 

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Cool Conversations

A short-term program for children aged 8-12 years attending mainstream school 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 program is offered in Brisbane.

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Cool Kids Anxiety Program

A 10-week program that teaches children (7-11 & 12-17 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 program 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.

Program location and dates to be released soon. 

DISSCO Dance

Developing Independence, Social Success & Communication (DISSCO) is for children & adolescents aged 8-14 years. This program uses motivating mediums of dance, craft and conversation to help your child achieve their friendship goals. Led by Autism Queensland’s occupational therapists, DISSCO Dance uses research-based methods to facilitate growth in a range of areas including understanding emotions, making friends, developing confidence, understanding group dynamics, using movement as a positive expression. (Age appropriate groupings and minimum numbers will apply.)

This program is offered in Brisbane.

Program location and dates to be released soon. 

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Make a Meal of It: Teens in the Kitchen

Make a Meal of It: Teens in the Kitchen is a four-day program 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 program is offered in Brisbane, Gladstone and Rockhampton.

Program location and dates to be released soon. 

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 program is offered in Brisbane, Gladstone and Rockhampton.

Program location and dates to be released soon. 

SMS (Safety Made Simple)

A 10-week online cyber safety program 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 program 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 program is offered in Brisbane.

Program location and dates to be released soon. 

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Teen Tech Shed

Teen Tech Shed is a 10-week group program 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 program is offered in Brisbane and Mackay. 

Program locations and dates:

The Autism Hub Woolloongabba

  • Sessions run twice weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 3.30pm – 5.30pm
  • Thu 28 Jan 2021 – Thu 1 Apr 2021

GAMERS CLUB - FOR MINECRAFT EXTRAORDINAIRES

This exciting and fun-filled Minecraft® themed program aims to develop the social skills of children on the autism spectrum aged 8-10 & 11-13 years. During the 8-week program, 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 program is offered in Cairns.

Program location and dates to be released soon. 

MOVIE CLUB

A program 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 program 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 program is offered in Cairns.

Program location and dates to be released soon. 

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