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Scroll down to check out our social skills groups including:

  • Social Adventurer 

  • KONTAKT Australia

  • PEERS® Adolescents Program

These groups are provided as a part of our comprehensive therapy service and are only available as an option to families currently accessing therapy services with us.


Social Adventurer Program

Groups are run between 3.30pm and 5.30pm over eight-weeks and are offered from different locations across the Perth metro area.

There are several different types of groups based on the specific support needs and goal areas of the participants. All groups focus on four core learning outcomes that are differentiated to the learning needs of the group. Core learning outcomes are in the areas of: self-awareness, understanding others, communication, and friendships. 

The descriptions below will help you to determine which group is most suited to your child. Please take the time to read these prior to submitting your interest.

 

The Discovery Club is designed to support the development of introductory-level social skills such as sharing and turn-taking for school-aged children with Autism, with moderate to high level support needs.   

The group curriculum uses play and practical hands-on activities to help students learn to have fun within a group setting, develop communication and interaction skills and self-regulation. 

ELIGIBILITY: This group is best suited to students in years 1–6 who attend an education support class or setting and/or have moderate to high level support needs. 

 

 

The Explorer Program follows a combination of group based activities, discussion, reflection and play to support and consolidate learning. The group draws on concepts and strategies from a range of evidence-based therapy tools including the Social Thinking Curriculum and the Zones of Regulation©.

The emphasis on student participation in these groups is aimed at increasing social outcomes at home, school and in the community.

ELIGIBILITY: This group is best suited to students in years 1–6 who attend a mainstream education setting, and/or can participate in group environments with low to moderate support. 

Level Up is a centre based High School Transition Group which involves 8 x 2 hour sessions over the course of the term. The group is led by an experienced Therapist and supported by Therapy Assistants. Group sessions cover topics related to developing High School readiness, with a focus on Communication, Emotional Regulation and Independence.

ELIGIBILITY: This group is best suited to students in years 6 who attend a mainstream education setting, and/or can participate in group environments with low to moderate support. 

 

The Discovery Kitchen Program provides students with the opportunity to learn, practice and improve social skills while also developing lifelong skills and knowledge to create simple meals and snack options. The program focuses on building kitchen safety and hygiene skills, along with planning and organising skills, all the while working within a group. Participation in this program is aimed at increasing self-esteem and improving participation in social activities at school and in the community.

ELIGIBILITY: This group is best suited to students in years 7–12 who attend an education support class or setting and/or have moderate to high level support needs.

 

 

The Explorer Kitchen Program provides students with the opportunity to learn, practice and improve their social skills, while also exploring and learning about different cultures through food and traditional customs. The group works to develop a range of skills, including; practical kitchen hygiene and safety, planning, organising, practical cooking, personal wellness, balanced nutrition, and healthy living. Participation in this program is aimed at enhancing confidence in the kitchen but also supporting participation in social activities at school and in the community.

At the conclusion of the group, participants invite parents and carers to enjoy a “Food Truck” experience with dishes from around the world prepared by the participants.   

ELIGIBILITY: This group is best suited to students in years 7–12 who attend a mainstream education setting, and/or can participate in group environments with low to moderate support. 

 

 

Expressions of Interest for Term 1, 2022 are now closed. 

 

 

PEERS® Adolescents Program

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is the leading research-based social skills training program for individuals experiencing social challenges and has a strong evidence base for use with young adults with Autism. You can find out more about this program by visiting: https://www.semel.ucla.edu/peers/teens

The PEERS® group suits adolescents, aged 15-18 years who have:

  • An Autism diagnosis.
  • Good verbal communication.

Groups are facilitated by our experienced speech pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists from the Therapy and Clinical Services team.

Please Note:

  • NDIS Funding is required to participate
  • A social mentoring coach (e.g. parent, sibling, support worker) is also required to attend the group with the participant.

Click here to submit an expression of interest

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Your Stories

I'd just like to say that Andrew is loving Kontakt. He really enjoys the company of all the kids and looks forward to it every week. He is also in such a good mood after the group ends each week and he likes to chat about some of the funny things that you all did, like today asking questions that had to be answered with baked beans.

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