What age range is WFP for?

WFP 1 is designed to meet the learning needs of children:

  • aged 8-12 years with ASD and mild intellectual disability
  • aged 6-8 years with ASD and no intellectual disability.

WFP 2 is designed to meet the learning needs of children:

  • aged 8 to 14 years old with ASD without accompanying intellectual impairment.

Do children need to be able to read or write?

WFP 1 is aimed at verbal children with pre-literacy skills at about the level of a child in the first year of primary school. They may or may not be able to read, but can draw simple pictures or write a few key words and can pay attention for at least a few minutes at a time.

WFP 2 is aimed at children with fluent speech, who are able to read and write, and pay attention for at least five minutes at a time.

I’m a parent. Where can my child access WFP?

WFP can only be delivered by facilitators who are trained and certified by ACER and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.

Facilitators who are trained and certified in delivering the program work in a variety of public and private settings.  See the list of trained and certified WFP facilitators here.

You can also ask your local education or health provider if they are able to offer WFP.

I’m an education or health care professional. How can I offer WFP to children that I work with?

For some professionals, WFP can be delivered without completing facilitator training and certification. For other professionals, online facilitator training through ACER is required so that WFP can be delivered. Read more about information on qualification requirements here. Facilitators receive the complete WFP kit as part of the training course.

Can I purchase a WFP Resource Kit without completing the online training course?

Psychologists, speech pathologists, teachers and other allied health professionals are able to purchase WFP without further training. To register your qualifications please create an online account, or contact our customer service department at sales@acer.edu.au to discuss specific requirements.

I’ve been trained in WFP. How can I access additional child materials?

Additional child, parent and teacher materials can be purchased separately from ACER.

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Is WFP only a group-based intervention program or can I use it with children 1:1?

WFP has been researched as a group-based intervention. However, WFP is also successfully used clinically in 1:1 settings.

Is WFP covered under the National Disability Insurance Scheme?

WFP can be funded by an NDIS support package. 

WFP can be NDIS-funded in individual sessions, school-based sessions, family sessions and also in groups.

A registered provider can offer individual or group WFP sessions to help an NDIS participant achieve their goals related to areas that might include behaviour, emotion regulation, social skills and improving home and peer relationships.

There are lots of options; providers and families should work out together the best way to deliver WFP for each child.

Is WFP covered under Medicare?

Children who have a Mental Health Care Plan or Chronic Disease Management Plan can use this funding for WFP sessions run by registered Medicare providers (e.g. psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists).

WFP can be implemented to achieve Mental Health Care Plan or Chronic Disease Management Plan goals related to behaviour, emotion regulation, social skills and improving home and peer relationships.

I’m a researcher and I am interested in using WFP in my research.  How do I go about this?

Please contact our customer service department at sales@acer.org to discuss your research further.

Is there a version of WFP for adolescents or adults?

Not yet, but please check back regularly for updates on new programs.

Can I carry out WFP sessions remotely?

Facilitators should use their professional judgement about how the children they are working with will adapt to sessions conducted remotely. The program is designed to be implemented with groups of up to seven children, but has also been shown to be effective when carried out 1:1. Where appropriate, parents or family members may take the role of other children in group activities.

Videos and other content supplied on the Facilitator’s USB may be shared on-screen within online videoconferencing apps. Content should not be removed from the file structure of the USB and shared electronically, both to maintain the copyright in the resources and to ensure that the USB menu functionality is not adversely affected.