- 6-17 years
What is the Adult Social Skills Development Program?
Autism SA offers an engaging and exciting series of social skills development workshops for adults on the autism spectrum.
These workshops are designed to give participants opportunities to develop their social and communication skills in a variety of contexts, and to learn, share and connect with others.
Below are examples of some of the workshops that may be delivered as part of the program.
This two session workshop covers a range of core communication skills, such as:
- Reading body language
- Starting, ending and interrupting a conversation
- Personal space
- Eye contact, and
- Telephone conversations and being sensitive to a listener’s interests.
A variety of role plays, discussion and activities will be used to demonstrate and practise these
This two session workshop will focus on advanced communication skills, such as:
- Sending verbal and non-verbal cues;
- Resolving conflict;
- Expressing emotions appropriately; and
- Situation appropriate behaviour and language.
It is not a pre-requisite that you have previously attended our Communication Skills workshop in order to attend the Advanced Communication course. However, it may be helpful, as we will not be recapping the content from earlier workshops.
Starting New Friendships
Sometimes meeting new people and expanding your social circle can be daunting, and it may be hard to know where to start.
This two session workshop will look at different types of friendships, as well as how and where to meet new people. We will also explore a range of practical strategies that can be used for making new friends.
For anyone thinking about joining this program, we would also suggest that you consider participating in our Communication Skills workshop as well, as the skills learned there will provide an excellent starting point for what is covered in this workshop.
Social Night: Games
This is a fantastic opportunity for those who have attended some of our other Social Skills workshops to put all those new communication skills into practice.
However, having attended other programs is not a prerequisite, and anyone is welcome to attend a night of playing board games in a relaxed, friendly, social setting.
Friendships can be one of the most positive and enjoyable aspects of a person’s life, but they can also be complex and confusing at times.
This two-session workshop will provide participants with an understanding and a number of practical strategies centred around:
- Respecting the views of others
- Sharing friends
- Peer pressure and avoiding being set up
- Dealing with teasing, and
- Being assertive.
This two session workshop looks at romantic relationships and how they work.
A range of topics around romantic relationships will be covered, including:
- How to start a relationship
- Different types of relationships
- Relationship progression
- Sexual relationships and consent
- Communication within relationships
- How to help determine if someone is right for you, and
- How to handle an abusive relationship.
What Autism Means to Me
This two session workshop is for individuals on the autism spectrum who would like to discuss the characteristics of their diagnosis, how these characteristics impact on their lives in both positive and challenging ways, and some strategies to help manage difficulties more easily.
This is a discussion forum about autism for people with autism, where individuals will have the opportunity to share personal stories and to learn from each others’ strategies and survival skills.
Positive Self Image
Low self-esteem can have a powerful impact on our lives. This workshop aims to help participants build their self-esteem through identifying their personal strengths and abilities, and challenging negative self-perception.
It does this through focussing on positive, practical ways to improve our own and others’ self-esteem.
Social Night: Games
This is a fantastic opportunity for those who have attended some of our other Social Skills workshops to put all those new communication skills into practice, and enjoy a night of playing board games in a relaxed, friendly, social setting.
Human Rights and Self Advocacy
This is a two session workshop that looks at what self-advocacy is and how it can help preserve your human rights. We also look at what services you may need, and how to communicate with service providers to ensure you are getting the most from them.
Anxiety and Anger
This two session workshop will focus on a range of issues concerned with anxiety and anger, including:
- How to recognise anxiety
- Strategies to help manage anxiety
- Healthy v unhealthy thought processes, and
- Managing new situations.
We will also look at a a range of different strategies for relaxation.
Role plays, discussion and group activities will assist participants in gaining a greater understanding of, and more control over, their own anxiety.
Health and Relaxation
This two-session workshop looks at how to live a healthy life, with the topics covered including food choices, exercise options, and having a good approach to mental health.
This will be an interactive workshop, offering personal insights and strategies. You will have the opportunity to learn a new way of coping with your problems and be shown a range of options for relaxation.
Final Social Night: Dinner
This is a fantastic opportunity for those who have attended previous workshops to put your new communication and friendship skills into practice.
However, attendance at an earlier course is not compulsory, and anyone is welcome to come along to enjoy a relaxed, friendly, social dinner at a restaurant to be confirmed at a later date.
How can I access the program?
To register your interest in the Adult Social Program, please complete the Expression of Interest – Groups Programs form below, selecting Adult Social in the options.Expression of Interest – Group Programs
For more information about supports and services at Autism SA, please contact My Pathways on 1300 288 476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autism SA is accredited and registered as a provider through the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). This means that you can pay for services at Autism SA with your NDIS funding, or you may pay yourself, through fee for service.