Using a strength-based approach, Autism West facilitates social groups for 100+ kids and young adults with ASD aged between 10 to 30 years of age across the Perth metro area. And even more benefit from our Telethon Holiday Makers Program, which is open to 5 to 18 year olds.
How Do Your Social Groups Work?
Our Social Groups are developed, planned, and facilitated with active involvement of group members and Autism West staff.
Together, we identify interests and establish goals, planning how to achieve these together. Members then discuss and plan future sessions, which can include incursions, community outings, special guests, and special interest projects.
What Can I Expect to Achieve?
Using a strengths-based approach centred around special interest projects and diverse social groups, our overall aim is to engage and motivate participants and build feelings of self-worth. Together, we identify interests and establish goals, planning how to achieve these together.
We help our members achieve:
- Specific skills development – for example coding, film making, robotics, cooking, art, digital media
- Developing social skills
- Using technology
- Building friendships
- Developing leadership skills
- Becoming a youth / autism advocate
- Building resilience
- Participating in community activities
- Have fun!
What Are Special Interests Programs?
We cater to a variety of special interests as determined by our participants. In 2017 we will be exploring:
Coding and Lego Robotics – Learn through mini challenges using the common languages used in code! Our Dojo’s are hoping to enter a team into Robo-Cup 2017!
Digital Media – Explore digital photography and film making with local young film maker Phillip Butland.
Visual Arts – Artist in residence, Olivia Colja, joins the team to nurture those interested in art and creativity
The Telethon Holiday Makers Program
Our Telethon Holiday Makers Program caters to kids and young adults on the spectrum between the ages of 5 -18 years of age, tailoring support to Low, Moderate and High Needs. The group is run by a range of professionals, such as teachers and support workers with autism experience.
Our holiday program benefits families by providing:
- Peace of mind knowing there are suitable and fitting holiday activitiies for children
- A safe and nurturing place for participants amongst like minded individuals
- Social interaction opportunities
- Quality time to spend with the remainder of the family
The program runs from Monday to Friday, except on public holidays, and morning and afternoon tea are provided, however we ask that parents provide a packed lunch for the morning or full day session.
We have a variety of exciting new activities and excursions lined up for July 2017, including Minecraft, yoga, dance, cooking, art, a visit to AQWA, and more.
For a detailed itinerary of activities, and to enrol in the July 2017 Telethon Holiday Makers Program, complete and submit an Expression of Interest form.
Where Are Your Social Groups Located?
Autism West offers a range of social groups tailored to the interests of our members on the autism spectrum in various locations North and South of the river in the Metropolitan Perth area.
We currently run social groups in:
Mosman Park – 8/62 McCabe Street Mosman Park (on Rocky Bay campus)
South – Fremantle PCYC 34 Paget Street, Hilton
Marangaroo – Marangaroo Family Centre, 46 Highclere Blvd, Marangaroo
How Do I Enrol?
If you know what group you would like to join, you can complete an enrolment form now. Once we receive your enrolment form, we will arrange payment details and register you for the group. Once enrolments are confirmed we will notify you of the group’s commencement date.
New clients can book in for one free trial session to decide if the group is the right fit.
New clients are also welcome to join throughout the term if there is space, and you are more than welcome to attend a trial visit to see if the group is the right fit for you.
- Full fees are to be paid 1 week prior to group commencement, unless otherwise agreed.
- We cannot guarantee a place until your fees have been paid.
- We are not able to provide refunds if a session is missed.
- Social groups may change or be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. If a group is cancelled we will contact you as soon as possible and refund you the fee for cancelled lessons, or provide you a credit for the following term.
How Do Find Our More?
Please contact us if you would like to discuss a payment plan or for information on funding opportunities. You can contact our office on 08 9383 6123 or email us at email@example.com.
How Much Does It Cost?
Costs vary from program to program. Contact us to obtain a copy of our latest prices.
If you would like information about funding options, contact us to discuss your requirements.
Full term fees are expected to be paid 1 week prior to group commencement, unless otherwise specified.
You can access our services through:
- Disability Services Commission (DSC) funding
- Fee for service
- Commonwealth Respite Centre Funding
*Autism West is currently going through the process of becoming a registered NDIS Service Provider. To be kept up to date with our progress, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.