Group programs

Annie’s Centre offers a range of group programs for children of all ages to address a variety of challenges children may be experiencing. Children do not need a diagnosis to attend the groups.

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Emotion resilience groups

These groups are designed to teach both children and families how to manage strong emotions with a particular focus on worry and anger. The program teaches children to cope with worry and anger when they are acting out and will provide children with an “emotional toolbox” to learn to be in control of their emotions.

Anxiety management groups

The Cool Kids Program is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)-based programs developed by Macquarie University to address anxiety difficulties. The program teaches both children and their parents how to manage and alleviate levels of anxiety. The program is recognised internationally as one of the most effective treatment programs for children with anxiety difficulties.

Social skills groups

These groups are designed to teach group members to work together towards a common goal (that is a project or a set activity). Skills are practiced under the guidance of an experienced Psychologist. Skills covered include conversation skills, joining in play, developing and maintaining friendships.

Anxiety management groups for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The Cool Kids ASD Program is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)-based programs developed by Dr Anne Chalfant, Director of Annie’s Centre in conjunction with Macquarie University. It addresses common anxiety difficulties in children with an ASD. The program teaches both children and their parents how to manage and alleviate levels of anxiety. The program is recognised internationally as the first comprehensive treatment program for children with anxiety difficulties and ASD.

Social skills/ play groups for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

These groups are designed to teach group members to work together towards a common goal (that is a project or a set activity). Skills are practiced under the guidance of an experienced Psychologist. Children are matched according to their level of support needs. Skills covered include greeting skills, turn taking, conversation skills, initiating and joining in play, developing and maintaining friendships.

Talkability™ program for parents

The program is for the parents of children who have significant social communication challenges. The focus is on helping parents help their children establish friendships by enhancing social communication skills such as conversation skills. It gives parents a variety of practical and powerful tools to help their child “tune in” to the feelings and thoughts of others – which is where successful conversations begin. By helping children see things from another person’s perspective, you can enable him/her to have more effective conversations and make friends more easily. Click here for more information about this program.

Groups are run based on demand. Please contact us to register your interest.

Referrals are not required to access these services. However, may wish to consider whether you are entitled to rebates or benefits from government programs or private health insurers to offset your expenses.