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Groups for Young Children (0-7 years)

These groups are delivered by members of our multidisciplinary team including teachers & teacher aides, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists.

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.


Intensive Groups

Children attend for either two or three days during school terms. Most join the group at the beginning of the school year and attend for at least 12 months. All children receive an individual assessment before their enrolment commences. Families and Autism Queensland Early Childhood Services staff jointly set your child’s goals for that term. These are reviewed at the end of each term and new ones set. This process continues throughout your child’s placement.

Autism Queensland’s Early Childhood groups:

  • Recognise the specific needs of young children with autism
  • Recognise parents are crucial members of the team who will help your child achieve success
  • Use the child’s individual strengths and interests to motivate learning and develop skills
  • Teach skills that are meaningful and useful for each child
  • Utilise a positive approach to behaviour support which focuses on understanding the reasons for undesirable behaviour.

For more information about accessing a place for your child, fees, NDIS funding etc please complete the expression of interest form.

Early Childhood groups are run in Brisbane, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns. 

NB: A waitlist may apply to some groups.


Short-Term Groups

Food School

This nine-week group for children aged 4-7 years follows the principles of the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding to help children develop positive eating habits and reduce anxiety around mealtimes. It aims to help children have positive experiences with food, learn about mealtime routines, decrease resistance to touching, tasting, and swallowing food, and expand the range of foods they will try.

This group is run in Brisbane, Gladstone, Rockhampton and Mackay.

Locations and dates:

Autism Queensland Brighton

  • Wednesday 13 October – Wednesday 8 December
  • 3:30pm – 4:45pm

Food School Holiday Group

This week-long group for children aged 4-7 years follows the principles of the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding to help children develop positive eating habits and reduce anxiety around mealtimes. It aims to help children have positive experiences with food, learn about mealtime routines, decrease resistance to touching, tasting, and swallowing food, and expand the range of foods they will try.

This group is run in Brisbane.

Locations and dates:

Autism Queensland Sunnybank

  • Monday 27 September – Friday 1 October
  • 10am – 11:15am
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Fun, Friends & Feelings

A five-day, small 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.

Location and dates: 

Autism Queensland Sunnybank

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

Happy Hands

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

LEGO® Club

A six-week group designed to help children on the spectrum aged 5-7 years 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.

LEGO® Club Holiday Group

A five-day intensive version of the above group run during school holidays.

Preparation Station

A group for children on the autism spectrum and their parents that help prepare for a successful transition to mainstream Prep. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a group education setting, and build their pre-academic skills including handwriting, cutting and fine motor skills. Parents will also gain greater knowledge and understanding of their child’s individual needs and be better equipped to support their child’s transition to Prep.

This group is run in Brisbane.

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 run in Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns. 

Preparing for year 1

A 15-week group for children on the autism spectrum to prepare for successful transition from Prep to Year 1.

This group is run in Mackay.

Early start denver model

The ESDM is a model for children under 5 years designed to target the key features of autism involving intensive teaching within a play-based curriculum.

The ESDM is delivered in Gladstone, Rockhampton and Mackay.

NB: Due to high demand and a long waitlist, ESDM is currently unavailable at our Brisbane locations. 

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