Westmead Feelings Program
The Westmead Feelings Program is an evidence-based program developed to teach emotion skills and social understanding and awareness to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
What does the Program involve?
The program provides a structure to help the child learn in a concrete way and help the parents to practice the skills at home. It uses an easy to understand language around emotions with video modelling and a range of visual supports to support learning.
The Westmead Feelings Program has been found to improve skills in:
- Understanding and communicating about feelings
- Understanding body signs associated with feelings
- Understanding other people’s feelings
- Emotional program solving
- Strategies to manage not so good feelings
Who is the Program for?
The Westmead Feelings Program has been developed for children who may or may not be able to read but can draw simple pictures or write a few key words and can pay attention for at least a few minutes at a time.
The Westmead Feelings Program 1 is designed for children with ASD and a Mild Intellectual Disability aged 8 to 12 years old. It can also be used for children aged from 6 to 8 years old with ASD without Intellectual Disability. It can also be used for children with language impairments or social communication difficulties.
The Westmead Feelings Program 2 is for children with ASD without intellectual disability aged 8 to 14 years old.