Using a strength-based approach, Autism West facilitates social groups for kids and young adults on the spectrum between 10 – 30 years of age across 3 locations in Perth.
Our programs proudly support over 100 young individuals on a weekly basis across our various locations, in line with the school term calendar. In addition, we offer a school holiday program, Telethon Holiday Makers, aimed at children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 18.
We offer a range of age appropriate activities in our social groups that are focused on developing the strengths and interests of the individuals in a safe and supported environment. Active involvement in decision making is encouraged within our groups from all participants and we delight in welcoming their input to expand our programs, develop connections and allow these incredible individuals to flourish.
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.
As of July 2017, we will run social groups in the following locations:
- Claremont – 288 Stirling Highway, Claremont
- Fremantle – Ground Floor, Fremantle Hospital, Corner of South Terrace and Alma Street, Fremantle
- Marangaroo – Marangaroo Family Centre, 46 Highclere Blvd, Marangaroo
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?
In addition to our core programs, we cater to a variety of special interests as determined by our participants. In Term 4 2017 we are exploring:
Coding and Lego Robotics – Learn through mini challenges using the common languages used in code with Kooper and Don
Digital Media – We are offering a variety of digital media sessions throughout Term 4, including
– Social media and blogging
– Digital photography and film making
– Graphic design
– Script Writing
Visual Arts – Artist in residence, Olivia Colja, returns to inspire and support those with an interest in art and creativity, along with special guests Ana and Rebecca
Music – Our collaboration with Music Rocks continues as we expand our Music Program to explore DJ techniques
Dance & Performance –TBC
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. This is a great introduction into our social groups and our holistic strengths-based approach.
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.
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.