Aid for autis­tic kids

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

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.

Pic­ture: Ashe Denton

Henry at­tends Autism West. Visit www.autismwest.org.au.

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