Westmead Feelings Program

The Westmead Feelings Program is an emotion-based learning program for children with autism and mild intellectual disability.

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead has developed two workshops for parents, carers and health professionals who work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The program develops skills in understanding and managing emotions such as anxiety and anger.

The Westmead Feeling Program courses are delivered in partnership with Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) as online or face-to-face learning.

The Program recently won an Aspect 2019 Recognition Award. Read the Western Sydney University news article.

Download the list of certified practitioners

Additional reading

Teaching social-emotional skills to school-aged children with autism

Ratcliffe, B., Wong, M., Dossetor, D., & Hayes, S. (2014). Teaching social-emotional skills to school-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A treatment versus control trial in 41 mainstream schools. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8(12), 1722-1733

Association between social skills and mental health in school-aged children with autism, with and without intellectual disability. (The final publication is available at link.springer.com)

Ratcliffe, Belinda, Wong, Michelle, Dossetor, David, & Hayes, Susan. (2015). The Association Between Social Skills and Mental Health in School-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, With and Without Intellectual Disability. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-10. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2411-z

Developing emotion based skills in children with autism and intellectual disability

Mental health of children and adolescents with intellectual disability: a framework for professional practice. Melbourne, Australia: IP Communications.