Making KONTAKT: A 16 Week Social Skills Program for Teenagers


Thank you for your interest on our KONTAKT social skills program. The research  for this group is complete and we will not be taking more applicants. However Autism Association of Western Australia will be running this group on the second half of 2019. Please stay tunned for upcoming dates.


The Autism Association and Curtin University are very excited to announce our KONTAKT social skills program for teenagers on the Autism Spectrum. We are now seeking Expressions of Interests from Teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years to participate in a 16 week after school social skills program.

Many teenagers find social situations difficult, and this is often especially true for teenagers on the Autism Spectrum. Learning what social skills are and having an opportunity to practice these is likely to help young people with Autism. We need your help to evaluate the effectiveness of a new social skills training group for teenagers with Autism who are attending Mainstream School.

Who: Teenagers (12-17 years old) on the Autism spectrum (who are attending a mainstream school) and their parents/carers.
When: 16 weeks on weekdays outside of school hours, during the school Term.
Where: Groups are run at one of our centres. Parents can suggest their preferred locations.

What is involved?

For teenagers with Autism

Participation in:

  • A KONTAKT social skills training group or the Super Chef cooking group, for 16 weeks. (There will be 8 teenagers in each 16 week group)
  • 3 evaluations (up to 90 minutes)
  • A 90 minute focus group

For parents of teenagers with Autism:

  • Supporting your child to attend either the KONTAKT group or the Super Chef cooking group for 16 weeks across two school terms.
  • Participating in our research: Participating in 3 evaluations (each 30 minutes) and a 90 minute focus group.

Costs: there are no costs for these groups

What are the benefits of this study?

The results of this study will allow us to develop a social skills group training program that helps Australian teens on the Autism Spectrum.

Teenagers will have fun and make new friendships

What are the risks?

Apart from giving up your time and working with the kitchen tools there are no foreseeable risks associated with participating in this study.

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