The skill of reading social situations and then acting appropriately unfortunately does not come naturally for some. This is often the case for children with a diagnosis of Autism or Asperger’s (ASD) for whom the complexities of navigating social interactions cab be daunting and anxiety-provoking. This can have a huge impact on your child’s social and emotional wellbeing if they do not receive support. The good news is that these complex social skills can be taught! And the Secret Agent Society (SAS) program is an evidence-based program designed to do just that in a fun and engaging format.
The Secret Agent Society is an evidence-based, multimedia curriculum to help children improve their social and emotional
resilience. This popular and effective social skills approach is used with 8 to 12-year-old children with a range of social and
emotional challenges, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The SAS program is designed to teach children the skills to be able to:
Recognise emotions in themselves and other
Express emotions in appropriate ways
Cope with anxiety and anger
Talk and play with others
Cope with change
Build and maintain friendships
Solve friendship problems
Cope with mistakes and losing
Recognise and deal with bullying and teasing.
The SAS program is a captivating program that includes an animated computer game, Helpful Thought Missile action game, Challenger board game and Secret Message Transmission Device game, that have all been designed to help children learn new social and emotional skills in a fun environment.
The program features a computer game with animated characters, interactive activities and home missions that teach children
how to recognise and control their emotions and cope with social challenges such as talking and playing with others and coping
with bullying. Parents and children have a take-home work book that helps continue the learning at home.
How will this group help my child?
SAS is an engaging and evidence-based program which helps children learn how to feel happier, calmer and braver. It also teaches them how to make friends and keep them! The program includes 9 weekly sessions with your child that run for 90 minutes, plus a 3-month and 6-month follow up session. New skills are explored and reinforced each week through conversation, role play and games. Parents and schools are an integral part of the group program and receive resources and support to help young ‘secret agents’ develop and generalise new skills to the home and school environments. At the end of the program, your junior detective will graduate as a ‘secret agent’, armed with the social and emotional tools they need to continue their work in the ‘real world’.
When and how often are the groups being run?
Term Four 2019 Information session
Where: Axis Allied Health, 1A Keys Street, Beaumaris
When: 7pm, Wednesday 28th August
See www.sst-institute.net for more information about this evidence-based program.
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