Westmead Feelings Program

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

The Westmead Feelings Program is a suite of therapeutic materials that health, education and disability professional can use to support children with autism, and develops cultures of emotional learning around the child by providing parents and teachers with skills to be emotion coaches at home and school. 

There are two programs for parents, carers and health professionals who work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that focus on skill development in children to understand and manage emotions such as anxiety and anger.

Michelle Wong (PhD/DCP), Clinical Psychologist and Founder of the Westmead Feelings Program, tells Mathew's story;

When I started working with Mathew, a five-year-old with autism, he was about to start school. He could not sit with other children at storytime because he felt crowded in and was too anxious. Mathew did not know what to say to other children or how they felt and would get frustrated and angry as a result and run out of the classroom. Over time, I worked with Mathew, his family and school to develop his emotional skills. I saw Mathew in 2020 for our annual review. He is now 25 years old, is about to graduate from postgraduate studies at university, has a full-time job in finance, and has his first girlfriend.

Facilitator training

This training equips and certifies you to deliver the Westmead Feelings Program in your own health setting. Suitable for teachers, special educators, psychologists and allied health and disability practitioners.

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The Program recently won an Aspect 2019 Recognition Award.