KONTAKT – A Social Skills Training Program for Teenagers


We are very excited to announce our collaboration with Curtin University to implement a manualised social skills training program for teenagers with Autism.

Curtin University Autism Research Group (CARG) and the Autism Association held an evening information session for parents and carers in December 2016. Special guest Professor Bölte from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (KIND) visited Perth to speak about Social Skills Development in children with Autism. 

His presentation included:

  • Social skills development in children with Autism
  • KONTAKT — a Social Skills Program for children and teenagers with Autism
  • KONTAKT — plans for this specialist program to roll out in Perth.

About Professor Sven Bölte

Sven Bölte is a Professor and Director of the Centre of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Karolinska Institute in Sweden – a competence centre focusing on research development and education about neurodevelopmental disorders. Sven is a senior clinical psychologist. 

Sven has published over 100 research papers in Autism, including several in Nature (a world leading scientific journal), and in 2015 published a ‘top ten’ study that most powerfully advanced our understanding and treatment of Autism according to ‘Autism Speaks’. He leads Autism related research within the World Health Organisation and the EU-AIMS project. Sven has conducted the largest study ever undertaken aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of a Social Skills training group, involving nearly 300 children and teenagers with high functioning Autism. In this interactive session he will talk about and take questions on social skills development and interventions for children and adolescents living with Autism.

Expressions of Interest

The Autism Association of Western Australia, in partnership with Curtin University will soon be taking expressions of interest …  stay tuned!

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