Westmead Feelings Program

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

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead has developed two programs 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 Programs were developed in partnership with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

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

Do you have a child with autism who would benefit from the Westmead Feelings Program?

Search the list of facilitators who have been certified by The Children's Hospital at Westmead and ACER to deliver the program.

Are you a professional who wants to deliver the Westmead Feelings Program to children with autism, their parents and teachers?

Enrol in a face-to-face workshop or online professional learning to give you the skills and competence needed to deliver the Westmead Feelings Program.

You can also purchase the Westmead Feelings Program resource kit and follow the facilitator’s manual and digital resources.

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.