Chill Out Clubs aim to assist young people with autism or are struggling to cope with depression, anxiety, and chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. Our Chill Out Clubs incorporate:
- Wise Minds Club (Radically Open/Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for 10-35 year olds). These skills are hypothesised to also assist with Autism and are currently being researched. Concepts such as wise mind, mindfulness, distress tolerance, walking the middle path, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness are applied in a practical way. For more information see Behavioural Tech Core Evidence of DBT and About RO DBT.
- Step Out Club (UCLA’s Autism-adapted modular evidence-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy program – MEYA for 6-14 year olds) covers behavioural, emotional and friendship-related difficulties, promoting independence in daily self-help skills, and addressing repetitive and under controlled behaviours. Information is presented visually and uses the young persons’ special interests where possible. For more information see CBT intervention adapted for Autism.
Sessions tend to be between 1-1.5 hours. Some may involve the carer being present for the sessions.
Sessions aim to:
- Increase openness to new experiences and feedback in order to learn
- Become more flexible to adapt to changing environments
- Enhance intimacy, social connectedness and ability to work in groups.