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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.


KINDI Groups

Children attend the EarlyAQtion Kindi groups during school terms. Most join 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 our early childhood specialist 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.

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EarlyAQtion Kindi groups are available at all AQ Centres (Brisbane, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns.)

EarlyAQtion Kindi groups:
  • Recognise the specific needs of young children on the autism spectrum 
  • 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.
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Please note: A waitlist may apply to some groups.


Short-Term Groups

The following groups are available for young children on the autism spectrum and their families.

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.

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Food School

Food School is a fun and interactive group for children up to 7 years of age that follows the principles of the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding to help children develop positive eating habits and reduce anxiety around mealtimes.

The group 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.

Available in Brisbane, Gladstone, Mackay and Rockhampton in select school terms.

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Food School (Holiday Group)

Food School (Holiday Group) is a fun and interactive group for children up to 7 years of age that follows the principles of the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding to help children develop positive eating habits and reduce anxiety around mealtimes.

This group 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 runs in Brisbane during select school holidays.

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Fun, Friends & Feelings

Fun, Friends & Feelings is a small group for young children and their parents designed to help with their social development and participation.

This groups focuses on using the group environment to teach and reinforce a range of skills including coping with stress and frustration, making friends, and communicating effectively with peers, family and staff at school/childcare.

This group is available in Brisbane and Mackay during select school holidays.

 

There are spaces available for this group at:

AQ Sunnybank
Wednesdays
3 Aug – 14 Sep 2022
1.30pm – 2.45pm
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Please note: A waitlist may apply to some groups.

Fun, Friends & Feelings (Holiday Group)

Fun, Friends & Feelings (Holiday Group) is a small group for young children and their parents designed to help with their social development and participation.

This groups focuses on using the group environment to teach and reinforce a range of skills including coping with stress and frustration, making friends, and communicating effectively with peers, family and staff at school/childcare.

This group is available in Brisbane and Mackay during select school holidays.

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Happy Hands

Happy Hands is a six-week group to develop the handwriting and fine motor skills of young children (6-9 years) on the autism spectrum.

Occupational therapists leading the sessions will use a play-based approach to help children in the group develop skills to support the development of handwriting including: pencil grasp, drawing, colouring, creating artwork, sitting upright, maintain attention, and form shapes/letters.

This group is available in Brisbane, Gladstone and Rockhampton in select school terms.

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LEGO® Club

A six-week group designed to help young children on the spectrum develop their social development. This group uses LEGO®, alongside the expertise of an experienced allied health professional, to facilitate and build on your child’s social development and participation within a structured small group.

LEGO® Club focuses on building social confidence through the fun and engaging medium of LEGO®. Children will have the opportunity to collaborate with peers on meaningfully complex and challenging projects while developing friendships in the process.

This group is available in Brisbane, Cairns, Gladstone and Rockhampton in select school terms.

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LEGO® Club (Holiday Group)

A short, intensive version of the LEGO® Club designed to help young children on the spectrum develop their social development. This group uses LEGO®, alongside the expertise of an experienced allied health professional, to facilitate and build on your child’s social development and participation within a structured small group.

LEGO® Club focuses on building social confidence through the fun and engaging medium of LEGO®. Children will have the opportunity to collaborate with peers on meaningfully complex and challenging projects while developing friendships in the process.

This group is available in Brisbane and Cairns during select school holidays.

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A place is still available at:

AQ Brighton
Mon 4 – Fri 8 July 2022
1.30pm – 2.45pm
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PREParation Station

PREParation Station is a group for children on the autism spectrum and their parents to 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 available in Brisbane & Cairns during select times of the school year.

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Social Connections

A short-term group that aims to develop children’s functional abilities in the area of social participation. These skills including turn-taking, sharing, play, social communication and friendship.

This group is delivered by specialist therapists and educators. Children will participate in structured individual and group activities to allow for observation, informal assessment and goal-setting.

This group is available in Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay and Rockhampton in select school terms. 

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Preparing for Year 1

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

In this group, children will have the opportunity to:
• Participate in a group education setting
• Build their pre-academic skills (e.g. handwriting, cutting, fine motor)
• Practice learning as part of a group with their peers
• Receive support from early intervention therapists and teachers.

This group runs in Mackay in select school terms.

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