Cool Kids ASD

Cool Kids ASD

Please note: All 2019 Cool Kids ASD group programs at Macquarie University are fully booked. Registration for groups will reopen in term 1 2020. A limited number of spaces are available for individual sessions, however an 8 - 12 week waiting list for an initial assessment is expected.

About Cool Kids ASD

Our highly successful Cool Kids Program has been adapted for children who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This program uses the same principles as the standard Cool Kids Program however the presentation of the skills has been adapted to better suit the learning and thinking styles that are common to ASD.

The program is family-based and utilises Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy with the aim to provide children and parents with skills and strategies to help them better manage anxiety. These skills include:

  • Understanding anxiety
  • Relaxation
  • Parenting strategies that encourage brave behaviour
  • Identifying and using helpful (realistic) thoughts, and most importantly,
  • Facing fears, building independence and increasing confidence  through stepladders (gradual exposure).

Social skills are also touched on in the program as they are often a crucial part of building a child’s confidence, however parents should note that social skills are not the primary focus of the program and consequently the program will not replace programs or treatments that focus on social skill development.

The program is delivered over 10 sessions and is offered in both a group format (for children in grades 2 through 6) and on an individual basis (for children and adolescents of any age).  

Further information about Cool Kids ASD including costs, the assessment process and who is likely to be suited to the program is contained in the Cool Kids ASD Flyer. Please be aware that costs will increase in 2020.

Content owner: Centre for Emotional Health Last updated: 17 Apr 2018 10:47pm

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