Aid for autistic kids
A NEW homework group aimed at helping children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through the use of art and technology will start next school term.
Run by Autism West, the group for children aged 10-15 will offer educational and social support to enhance their interaction in mainstream school and the community.
Chief executive Alison Davis said ASD autism students who struggled to learn effectively in classrooms would benefit significantly. “Many students with ASD have difficulty expressing themselves and communicating effectively with others, which are skills that fall within the arts learning area,” she said.
“The group will assist students to develop these skills, and students will be encouraged to express ideas, feelings, engage in creative problem solving and develop skills such as teamwork and negotiation.”
Students who show a particular interest in technology will also have the opportunity to develop their skills using laptops and iPads.
The group will be available on Tuesday and Thursday at the Mosman Park centre.
Tuesday’s group will focus on academic studies and any social concerns, while Thursday will cover a variety of socially interactive events.
Participants are encouraged to invite friends or siblings, who do not have ASD, to the group to create links into the mainstream.
Henry attends Autism West. Visit www.autismwest.org.au.