The Westmead Feelings Program

The Emotions Clinic Australia is pleased to offer the Westmead Feelings Program for Primary-school aged children with autism, with and without intellectual disability at our Clinic, as well as via Telehealth.

Dr Belinda Ratcliffe is the lead author of the Westmead Feelings Program (WFP) 1: Emotion-based Learning for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mild Intellectual Disability.

All of our Feelings Program Facilitators at the Emotions Clinic Australia have completed their training and accreditation to deliver the program, and also receive ongoing training and supervision with Dr Belinda Ratcliffe.


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Westmead Feelings Program 2- with Laura Dunne

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Tuesday & Wednesday AFTERNOON GROUPS

Laura’s group is for children (aged 7-13 years) children with a diagnosis of Autism (or suspected), without intellectual disability who can read and write. For all eligibility, details, dates/times and costs please click here.






Dr Ratcliffe’s PhD research evaluated the Westmead Feelings Program in a treatment versus control group trial of over 300 school-age children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in NSW Schools. Dr Ratcliffe has presented this research in peer reviewed journals and at several prestigious national and international conferences.


As a result, the Westmead Feelings Program has been found to be an evidence-based intervention that improves children with Autism Spectrum Disorders skills in:

  • Understanding and communicating about feelings
  • Understanding body signs associated with feelings
  • Understanding other people’s feelings
  • Emotional problem solving
  • Strategies to manage not so good feelings

The Westmead Feelings Program utilises video modelling and a range of visual supports including visual tools and worksheets to support the learning style of children with ASD.


Belinda in a Master Trainer in the Westmead Feelings Program, a 2-day face-to-face training and accreditation course for psychologists, special educators and other health, disability and education providers who work with school-age children with autism.


Belinda is also an author of the Westmead Feelings Program: Online Facilitator Training and Accreditation course.