Empower Autism

Life Skills Program

About Our Introductory Life Skills Program

Our Introductory Life Skills program has been designed by an experienced Occupational Therapist, Kate Horstmann, specifically for young autistic people looking to become more self-sufficient in the family home, preparing to move out or making improvements for those already living on their own. This program teaches skills such as problem solving, goal setting and self-reflection applied across practical areas such as self-care, domestic chores, scheduling or time management, budgeting, and community access. 

Introductory Life Skills

Are you aged between 17 and 25 years?

Want to be more independent?

Do you need assistance with strategies to:

The transition into adulthood can be challenging and often stressful for young autistic adults.

In conjunction with an experienced Occupational Therapist, we’ve developed a program to guide and support you as you navigate your way to independence.

This program aims to support you to learn the skills required for independent living, including becoming more self-sufficient in the family home, preparing to move out or making improvements for those already living on their own.

This introductory program focuses on teaching essential foundation skills such as self-reflection, problem-solving and goal-setting applied across a range of areas including self-care, domestic chores, scheduling, budgeting and community access.

Emphasis is placed on addressing some of the barriers experienced by people living with autism including motivation, organisation and emotional regulation.


  • People age 17 – 25 years
  • Identify as autistic
  • Good literacy skills (high school level)
  • Ability to participate in the group environment.

The Life Skills program (Introductory) is a blended learning format with a 7-week duration. The program features 90 minutes of face-to-face learning weekly in Brisbane, facilitated by a trainer. This face-to-face component will also be converted to an online format (i.e. Zoom or Microsoft Teams) on an ongoing basis for regional/remote locations or where COVID-19* impacts Empower Autism’s capacity to deliver the program in person. In the face-to-face learning component, the program trainer teaches participants about each topic through a series of activities and group discussions.

In addition to face-to-face learning, there is approximately one-hour of online learning for participants to complete each week to increase their depth of knowledge on the topic covered. Participants will also be encouraged to develop a peer-led study group to support their learning and enhance their sense of community.

In total, participants can expect to commit approximately 2.5 to 3 hours of time to the course each week.

The program is free to all participants.

This project has been made possible via the Department of Social Services Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Grant Round 2019.

  • Face to face
  • Register

The next intake for this program is Tuesday the 26th of April. Weekly sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 4.30 to 6.00pm.

Where: The Empower Autism Centre unit 1, 16 Yarraman Place, Virginia.

Register your interest now.

Register Your Interest

Register your interest to join the waitlist for the next intake of the Introductory Life Skills program.

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