“My son always feels accepted for who is, no questions asked, and the social group he attends is a place where he feels welcome. He has become a more confident person through the support he has been given and has made some lovely friends in his social groups. He has really grown and matured over the past few years and I honestly do believe this is partly due to the unconditional support and caring provided by the staff.” – Mellanie, whose son attends a YES group
Using a strengths-based approach, Spectrum Space’s social groups connect young people on the autism spectrum with others and provides opportunities for social interaction, engagement and fun. Designed for specific age ranges, the social groups currently operate in six strategic locations across metropolitan Perth and offer a regular program of events and activities for members.
With a focus on the individual interests of participants, the groups aim to create a space where people can come together, belong and be part of our community. It enables social skills to be developed and used in a natural environment. Active involvement in decision making by all participants is encouraged and we delight in welcoming their input to expand our programs, develop content and connections that allow these incredible individuals to flourish.
All our groups are facilitated by qualified and talented professionals with autism experience, who aim to build participants’ confidence and self-esteem and reinforce the message that we all have talents and strengths.
The success of our social groups highlights the value they provide to participants in terms of meaningful engagement and learning experiences. It provides a place that feels like home for anyone who wants it. Our programs loudly and proudly support over 150 young individuals on a weekly basis across our locations in Fremantle, Mandurah, Marangaroo, Midland, Rockingham and South Fremantle, in line with the school term calendar.
“I am grateful for Valeska and this group as I believe that just being with the group & socialising has given [my daughter] the courage & skills to gain employment and, hopefully, keep it.” – SIS Marangaroo parent
In addition, we offer a school holiday group, Telethon Holiday Makers Program, aimed at young people between the ages of 5 and 18. To find out more about individual groups, click on the images below. For a timetable for all groups, click here.
If you have NDIS funding, you can access Spectrum Space’s services within the support categories of Assistance with Social, Economic and Community Participation, Increased Social and Community Participation, Improved Relationships, and Finding and Keeping a Job. If you have any questions please check our FAQs or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 08 9431 2111 and we can have a chat.
Awesome Group includes a variety of social and special interest groups for 10-15 year olds
Revolving around the interests of the individual, YES group is where you can come and have fun, develop new friendships, and learn new skills
Step Into Social provides a space to hang out, have fun, and meet people with similar interests
THMP offers a range of activities based on the special interests our participants have identified, creating a natural social environment
Where and when are social groups run?
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