Dale Linegar and Stefan Schutt: The Lab: A Technology Club For Young People With Asperger's Syndrome

Dale Linegar and Stefan Schutt: The Lab: A Technology Club For Young People With Asperger's Syndrome

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This presentation will provide an overview of The Lab, a free weekly after-school 'technology club' for 10-16 year-old young people with Asperger's Syndrome or High Functioning Autism who enjoy working with computers. A partnership between educational games developer Oztron and Victoria University, The Lab offers professional mentoring in programming and design, as well as the opportunity to connect with peers with similar interests. The Lab also offers a series of online design and programming lessons that any young person can undertake at home, plus regular one-off holiday sessions. Parents and carers meet during Lab sessions to discuss issues and strategies for their children. Parents/carers also manage their own online information portal. As a result of the Lab's success to date, it now has a waiting list of over 80. In the presentation we will discuss what makes The Lab work, what hasn't worked, what we have learned, and where we plan to take it in the future.