Our highly successful Lab Program is a technology club for children aged 10 to 16 years with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The program offers a safe environment where children and teenagers can meet like-minded peers and create friendships while learning valuable technical skills that complement their interest in technology. The Lab’s approach is unstructured and does not have expectations around specific behavioural, education or technology outcomes. The program exists to engage those whose condition may otherwise cause them to be isolated or disengaged in social activities, in a like-minded supportive community.
At weekly Lab sessions, mentors will work one-on-one with students in areas that interest them, such as programming, 3D and digital design, video creation and gaming. By pairing young people who have High Functioning Autism with tutors who have technical expertise in areas of mutual interest, The Lab seeks to improve the well-being and life prospects of young people who are often highly skilled but can lead them to fall through gaps.
We have a focus on creating a social space, where young people with ASD can share interests, aspirations and develop friendships while receiving the professional and life experience of our mentors.
- Development of new friendships
- Increase in happiness/motivation levels
- Improved mental health
- Development of technical skills
- Heightened motivation to learn
- Perception of new career possibilities in IT and programming
Where and when?
Sessions are run in conjunction with the school term in Mount Gambier, Salisbury, Melrose Park and Port Pirie. Sessions are run on Saturdays.