Kwest4Learning provides strategies and skills for young people on the Autism Spectrum so they can meet the challenges they face in life head on and reach their full potential.
Kwest4Learning Pty Ltd is a for purpose business dedicated to empowering and educating young people with High Functioning Autism and Aspergers. We believe that the starting point is building confidence in social situations and lifelong friendships. This is where our cornerstone service of social groups begins. During our social groups, we explore the challenges and the gifts Autism brings to a person’s life. We build on our social skills with life skills mentoring, fitness sessions and working towards securing meaningful work opportunities and independent living. We started as a single social group 5 years ago and in the last 18 months have grown to 4 social groups (Brisbane and the Gold Coast), and 2 fitness sessions in Brisbane.
Today we have a range of services that are designed to help people on the Autism Spectrum. We offer our group members’ workshops like “Get Your Learner's Permit” for those who want to drive, as well as NDIS workshops to help families access funding. It does not stop there we offer tutoring for the home schooled. We have self-defense classes, which are specifically designed for people on the Autism Spectrum. We also design and run one on one, independent life skills development and sensory diet programs, so that young people on the Autism Spectrum can harness their true potential.
Meet our team
Simon La Rosa, CEO
Simon is Kwest4Learning’s CEO and volunteers as a Group Leader at our social groups and fitness groups. He also offers a learner’s permit workshop for young Autism Positive people who want to learn to drive.
For Simon being part of Kwest4Learning is all about making a difference. It’s about enabling young people on the Autism Spectrum to reach their true potential and fulfill their dreams. He knows what a difference the right opportunities can make for someone on the Spectrum. He has seen it work over and over again, first hand, with all Kwest4Learning’s initiatives.
He is actively involved in establishing life skills and employment initiatives for young people on the Autism Spectrum. He also runs an NDIS planning and preparation workshop to help families get the essential funding they need. Simon’s motivation is to provide access to the life skill training and coaching that enable independent living for anyone on the Autism Spectrum.
Kathleen West, Autism Consultant - Queensland
Kathleen is Kwest4Learning’s Autism Consultant for Queensland, and volunteers as a Group Leader at our social groups. It was Kathleen’s innate understanding of the importance of social interaction for people on the Autism Spectrum that lead her to start a social group, especially for young Autism Positive people, in 2013.
Kathleen is passionate about working with young people on the Autism Spectrum and helping them harness their unique abilities. With her Masters in Special Education, specialising in Autism, and 3 decades of school teaching experience Kathleen is able to create and implement a variety of activities and programs, which offer young people on the Spectrum great insight, a unique perspective, and oceans of support.
Kathleen specialises in Sensory Processing Regulation to enable young people on the Autism Spectrum to manage the obstacles that complicate everyday life. Kathleen coaches on a number of, one on one, programs that she has designed to enable young people to grow in confidence, skills and find joyfulness in life.
Caroline Smith, Autism Consultant - New South Wales
It’s Caroline’s background in building person to person, social skills programs and life skills programs, that are both flexible and responsive, that makes her perfect for the role of Autism Consultant in our New South Wales, branch.
Her commitment to Autism Positive people started when she graduated with an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Essex, in the UK. It’s a commitment that’s motivated her to this day. She has drive and focus when it comes to getting results that make a positive and productive difference to people on the Autism Spectrum.
Caroline knows first hand and from 15 years of experience working with people who have hurdles like Autism, that nothing can stop us if we have the right support and the right skills. She is passionate about empowering and training people on the Autism Spectrum to develop their skills, confidence and social networks so they can reach their full potential for happiness and fulfilment.
Mark Davis, Group Leader
Mark is a dedicated father who is determined to help young people on the Autism Spectrum live fulfilling, meaningful, and independent lives. Mark started as a father bringing his son to the group and saw first hand the difference it made to his son’s wellbeing. As a testament to Mark’s dedication, he offered to help and is now one of our most valued and longest serving group leaders. We don’t have a photo of Mark, yet! So we are using a cuddly stand in. This Panda is an apt choice because Mark’s shyness of cameras is equal to his modest nature.
Camellia Griffin, Group Leader
Cammy's an ACU Speech Pathology, graduate. She has been part of the Kwest4Learning team for 2 years. Cammy is a passionate individual, who believes in giving everyone equal opportunities in life, especially when it comes to communicating their views and opinions and engaging socially. Cammy is a volunteer group leader for our Magenta Social Group in Brisbane and runs our weekly Northside Kwestfit sessions. Cammy believes that hard work and passion is enough to drive any individual to achieve their goals and loves that Kwest4Learning offers young people on the Autism Spectrum the opportunity to fulfil their goals in life.
Gerard West, Group Leader
Gerard has worked with kids on the Autism Spectrum as a teacher’s aid, in primary schools, for 8 years now. He has also grown up with a brother on the Autism Spectrum and is very familiar with the difficulties people on the Autism Spectrum face every day. He believes being able to relate to kids on their level is the best way to help them learn the skills they need to connect with the world and manage whatever in life comes their way. As a volunteer group leader for the Magenta Social Group with Kwest4Learning, he is focused on enabling young people on the Autism Spectrum to get the best out of life no matter what challenges they face.