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Small-group therapy programs to develop social skills

Our highly popular small-group therapy programs are designed to develop identified skills in a welcoming and encouraging way. Each school-aged child is matched to a group according to his or her goals and individual needs.

The Autism Association of Western Australia, in partnership with Curtin University are pleased to be taking expressions of interest for Making KONTAKT—a group-based intervention program aimed at improving social communication in teenagers with ASD.

Download the Making KONTAKT Flyer for more information.

We are looking for participants between the ages of 12 and 17 to take part in one of the 16 week programs run throughout 2018. If you would like to be considered for the trial please complete the KONTAKT Expression of Interest Form.

 Social Skills: Designed to develop your child’s theory of mind, increasing social observation skills, building understanding of social expectations in different contexts and increasing language and memory skills to develop and sustain relationships.

Movement and Gross Motor Skills: Improving fundamental movement skills, developing a positive relationship with physical activities, building upon current fitness levels, enabling children to participate confidently in play, dance, games, sport, outdoor education and recreational activities at home, at school and in the community.

Social Skills and Emotional Regulation: Improving the recognition of emotions in themselves and others, expressing feelings in appropriate ways, coping with feelings of anger and anxiety, starting, continuing and ending conversations and play activities with others.

 Play: Learning to take turns and share with other children, playing simple rule-based games, initiating play, developing language, increasing group participation, awareness of emotions and basic theory of mind.

Daily Living Skills: Increasing independence in dressing, increasing independence in preparing simple food, increasing independence in tying shoelaces, washing hands and brushing teeth.

Emotional Regulation: A group for parents and children to support learning about feelings and anxiety, detective thinking and learning to think more realistically, ways that parents can help, fighting fear and facing fear, learning to solve a problem and building assertiveness.

These groups target goals and promote skill development through a special interest. Skills targeted include but are not limited to: Lego, Minecraft, girls , science, art and building things. These groups are typically held over the school holiday period.


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