Well Girls Foundations
Our original Well Girls Program – for girls aged 8-12 with autism, who want to learn more about puberty, make new friends and have lots of fun in the process.
Well Girls – The Daisy Program
Based on our original Well Girls Program – the Daisy program is specially designed for girls with a dual diagnosis of autism as well as intellectual disability or cognitive delay. The same great content, presented a little differently.
Well Girls #NextLevel
Done the Well Girls Program, but still want more? #NextLevel is for girls who have already undertaken the Foundations program, but who still want to learn more about puberty and their changing body, mind and lives.
Being a girl can be tough.
There’s peer pressure, mean girls, queen bees, the onslaught of social media, bullying, body shaming, school stress, oh and let’s not forget puberty. Periods, body hair, mood swings. Puberty is a tricky time for any girl to navigate – the rapid rate of changes in both her body and mind can be confusing, overwhelming, and yes, even a little scary.
As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, being a girl with autism can make these issues even more challenging.
Which is why Bloom Wellbeing created WELL Girls.
What is WELL Girls?
WELL Girls is a personal life skills program for girls aged 8-12 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Created by an Occupational Therapist experienced in both women’s health and paediatrics, and run by a dedicated team of Occupational Therapists and OT assistants, WELL Girls aims to equip girls with the essential knowledge and confidence they require to manage their own personal health, and unique wellbeing needs.
WELL Girls is also an acronym – it stands for Wellbeing, Education, Lifestyle and Laughter.
Wellbeing: Every girl has the right to be in charge of her own wellbeing – to know how to best take care of her body, mind and soul. Supporting her own wellbeing should be every girl’s number one priority.
Education: From learning about her anatomy, to understanding menstruation and pelvic health, to learning how her brain works so she can manage her own stress and anxiety – knowledge is power, and we want girls to be powerful.
Lifestyle: Every girl has the right to live the life she wants, but we know that for some girls, figuring out exactly what that is, and how to get it, can be a little difficult. We know that life should be amazing, meaningful and enjoyable. We work together with girls to help them achieve that.
Laughter: Because learning and your body doesn’t have to be embarrassing or boring. At Bloom Wellbeing we believe learning and laughter go hand in hand. Because a day without laughter is a day wasted.
What do we cover in WELL Girls?
Female health and wellbeing is a diverse topic – there are many wellbeing considerations that are unique to females in the pre-teen age group and impact how we live our lives. In WELL Girls we present this information in a developmentally appropriate manner, which supports girls with autism or developmental delay to learn at their own pace, and in their own way. The subjects we cover include:
* menstruation and pelvic health – understanding and functionally managing periods and building good toileting and pelvic health habits for life
* body development and personal hygiene – What’s happening to my body and why? How do I care for it?
* hormonal changes of puberty – and how these affect us physically and emotionally at this time of life.
* big feelings and how to manage them
* navigating friendships
Where: Bloom Wellbeing clinic, 17 Robe Street, Port Adelaide, SA, 5015
Cost: $567.00 for the 9 week program
Funding support: If you have a plan managed or self-managed NDIS program, you may be able to claim the cost of this program through your NDIS funding. Please refer to your plan, or contact your Support Coordinator or Plan Manager for further information.
if you have private health insurance you may also be able to claim for group Occupational Therapy rebates – please check with your health insurance provider for eligibility.
To register your interest in this program click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also hoping to connect with local Adelaide schools to run this program in the school environment, and we are working hard at creating our school based program to make sure it addresses the Australian Curriculum.