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Developing strengths

To nurture your interests, CARG, in partnership with the Autism Academy and CoderDojo WA, is involved in research projects that engage you in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. A digital arts component has been added to broaden your realm of opportunities. These outreach programs are nestled within frameworks and menteeships that encourage your strengths and develop your social skills with other children, adolescents and adults.

Boy with robotics model

Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA)

The AASQA is our flagship outreach program aimed at helping people on the autism spectrum to leverage their potential in programming, robotics, digital arts and more.

AASQA website

Girl sitting with laptop and mentor

CoderDojo WA

CoderDojo WA is a network of coding clubs (dojos) throughout Western Australia. Dojos provide fun, free and social open learning environments where young people can meet others with similar interests, develop new skills and build creative projects using digital technology.

CoderDojo WA website


Related research

Matthew Jones
Matthew Jones

Development and evaluation of a strengths-based extracurricular STEAM program for adolescents on the autism spectrum

PhD project

PhD student Matthew Jones is conducting an evaluative study of one of these strengths-based intervention programs with the generous support of the Ian Potter Foundation.

Many individuals on the autism spectrum have strengths suited to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematic (STEAM) career paths, yet their employment rate continues to remain low. The development of a strengths-based extracurricular program will help adolescents on the autism spectrum develop their social and technical skills required for the workforce.

More information

Email: matthew.jones@curtin.edu.au


Simon Gao
Simon Gao

Utilising motivational interviewing for secondary school students on the autism spectrum to improve their academic engagement and performance

PhD project

Simon has a strong focus on psychological research with a particular interest in educational psychology. His proposed PhD project will investigate the use of motivational interviewing skills for students in late primary/secondary education to improve their academic performance and engagement. He aims to develop and implement this project in a peer support mentoring program, targeting students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This intervention is a self-sustained strength-based intervention to support the students’ learning experience and enhance their transition to post-secondary experiences and overall quality of life.

More information

Email: simon.gao@curtin.edu.au