The Lab

Our highly successful Lab Program is a technology club for children aged 10 to 16 years with High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. 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 likeminded 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.

The one and only main outcome of The LAB, is that it’s participants want to return. By attending, participants may also obtain the following benefits, however, these are not primary outcomes of this program:

  • 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

What others are saying about the program.

“Just wanted to let you know that Bradley loves attending the Lab and is eager to go! Matt and Nick are lovely and very helpful.”

“Just letting you know Braydon loved The Lab on Saturday and hasn’t stopped talking about it. He can’t wait for this Saturday to go back.”

When and where is it held?

Sessions are run in conjunction with the school term in Mount Gambier, Salisbury and Adelaide (Melrose Park). Sessions will run for 2 hours each week and be held after school or on weekends.

We have 3 venues.

Melrose Park
Unit 1 / 34-40 Bennett Avenue
Mon & Wed evening  4PM-6PM
Saturdays  10AM – 12PM

Salisbury Library
Len Beadell Library
55 John Street Salisbury
Saturdays 10AM – 12PM & 1PM – 3PM

Mt Gambier Library
6 Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier SA 5290
Saturdays 10AM-1200PM

How do we book?

For more information on program suitability or to make a booking enquiry, please register your interest and a member of our team will be in touch. Register your interest below or via email clientsupport.sa@benevolent.org.au or by calling our friendly reception team on 7325 8600. More information can be sent out to you via email or over the phone

Intake locations and session times are below.

Inclusive Directions Melrose Park
1/34-40 Bennet Avenue
Melrose Park 5039

Tuesdays 4-5 PM

Inclusive Directions Salisbury
28B Commercial Road
Salisbury SA 5108

Wednesday 1-2 PM (fortnightly – for more information on dates email clientsupport.sa@benevolent.org.au or by calling our friendly reception team on 7325 8600

Inclusive Directions Mt Gambier

-By appointment only

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