At Autism West, we provide unique opportunities for kids, teenagers and young adults to gain skills and experience that enable them to connect successfully with others and the world around them.
Using a strength-based approach, we work with young people to identify their interests and talents. Together, we develop projects that engage and challenge them, teaching them skills for life.
As of July 2017, we will be offering a range of social groups tailored to the interests of our members on the autism spectrum in Marangaroo, Fremantle and Claremont.
How We Do It
We run a range of highly successful social groups, including the Awesome Group for ages 10-15, the Youth Engaging Successfully Group for ages 13-19, Step into Social for ages 18-30 and a school holiday program. Our activities include public speaking, computer coding, Lego robotics, art, media and music.
We have produced an innovative autism therapy app, TOBY, in collaboration with Curtin and Deakin Universities.
We also offer information evenings and our annual symposium to ensure that families have access to the latest information.
Why We Do It
The social and communication challenges our members face mean many of our young people experience social isolation and bullying which poses a significant mental health risk for later life, with depression being the most common diagnosis in adolescents and adults with autism.
Our approach ensures that participants are given the chance to develop their interests and abilities which have positive effects on increased social engagement, opportunities for success and increased resilience. Our special interest projects now include music visual arts, digital media and film-making. In addition, we are establishing pathways for interested individuals for further training and opportunities in the larger community.