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 1: Emotion-based Learning for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mild Intellectual Disability


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.