The Cool Kids ASD Program is a structured, 10 session skills-based program that uses a cognitive behaviour approach to teach children and their parents how to better manage the child’s anxiety. It involves the participation of both children and their parents and focuses on teaching clear and practical skills. In addition to teaching kids core skills, there learnings for parents on strategies to help their child manage anxiety. Each session participants are provided with information and opportunities to participate in discussions, games and role play activities.
The program focuses on teaching children and parents/carers skills to manage anxiety in everyday situations. These skills include:
- Understanding anxiety
- 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 offered in both a group format (for children aged 7-12) and on an individual basis (for children and adolescents of any age).
Taking expressions of interest.
Location: Unit 21, 363 Hillsborough Rd, Warners Bay
*We require at least 4 children participants to run a group.
Who is it for?
Children aged 7-12 years with anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder and their parents (parent involvement is strongly encouraged).
We conduct a brief intake process involving a phone screener to determine if the program is a good fit for your child.
What to expect...
- Have fun and make new friends in a supportive environment.
- Learn new skills and have practice tasks to take home each week.
- Learn how to manage your anxiety so that it no longer stops you from doing the things you like!
- Learning about feelings and anxiety.
Cost and funding available...
The full group program of 12 sessions costs $780 or $65 per session.
If your child has an NDIS plan, they may be able to use some of the NDIS plan funding to pay for the Cool Kids group program or individual therapy. The NDIS support categories that can be used for Cool Kids are:
- Improved Daily Living
- Improved Relationships
If you need support in finding out what your NDIS funding you can use, please speak to your Support Coordinator, Plan Manager or give us a call.
If you obtain a Mental Health Treatment Plan from your child’s GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician you may be able to claim a Medicare Rebate on up to 10 individual plus 10 group sessions.
The tables below sets out the costs for individual sessions and group programs and potential Medicare rebates.
Group Cool Kids Program
Avg Per Session
12 session Group Cool Kids program
*Only 10 rebates available per year.
Individual Cool Kids Therapy (not limited to age 7-12)
Cost Per Session
Medicare Rebate Per Session
Out-of-pocket Per Session
Individual Cool Kids Therapy
** Access to the Medicare rebate will be dependent on obtaining the Mental Health Treatment Plan and on how many services you have used previously on that plan/within the calendar year.
How do I express interest or find out more?
To find out more information or express interest by contacting us on 49549333 or [email protected]. We have a detailed Course Outline and Intake Form available for anyone interested, so get in touch.
To book an appointment or find out more, please fill in the form or call 02 4954 9333.