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 (formerly EBBST for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mild Intellectual Disability) developed as part of her role at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Belinda is also a co-author of the Westmead Feelings Program 2: Emotion-Based Learning for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder without Intellectual Disability.
Belinda’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.
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.
Belinda provides the Westmead Feelings Program on a individual basis to a small number of school-age children with a range of social-emotional difficulties, including Autism Spectrum Disorder as part of her therapy services