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 ADD/ADHD 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:

  1. Recognise emotions in themselves and other

  2. Express emotions in appropriate ways

  3. Cope with anxiety and anger

  4. Talk and play with others

  5. Cope with change

  6. Build and maintain friendships

  7. Solve friendship problems

  8. Cope with mistakes and losing

  9. Recognise and deal with bullying and teasing.

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 all the tools in their mentor/cadet online portals that help them continue learning  and practising skills 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?

Currently taking registrations for Term Four, 2021. Dates as followed, or register your interest for Term One 2022.

Cadet Club Meetings - Girls group online Monday @ 4:00pm 

 

Parent information meeting  - intro to SAS Sat 2nd Oct @ 2pm

Cadet meetings - every Monday @ 4pm Mon 4th Oct - Mon 29th Nov

Parent meeting 1 Tues 5th Oct @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Parent meeting 2 Tues 19th Oct @ 7:00 - 9:00pm

Parent meeting 3 Tues 9th Nov @ 7:00 - 9:00pm

Parent meeting 4 Mon 29th Nov @ 7:00 - 9:00pm

Cadet catch-up meeting 1 Mon 24th Jan 2022 @ 4pm

Cadet catch-up meeting 2 Mon 4th April 2022 @ 4pm

 

 

 

Cadet Club Meetings - Boys group online Tuesday @ 4pm

Parent information meeting  - intro to SAS Sat 2nd Oct @ 2pm

Cadet meetings - every Tuesday @ 4pm Tues 5th Oct - Tues 30th Nov

Parent meeting 1 Tues 5th Oct @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Parent meeting 2 Tues 19th Oct @ 7:00 - 9:00pm

Parent meeting 3 Tues 9th Nov @ 7:00 - 9:00pm

Parent meeting 4 Mon 29th Nov @ 7:00 - 9:00pm

Cadet catch-up meeting 1 Mon 24th Jan 2022 @ 4pm

Cadet catch-up meeting 2 Mon 4th April 2022 @ 4pm

Lockdowns happen - but that doesn't mean you have to wait to help your child.

Lockdowns are becoming more frequent, and more stressful, not only for you but your child. It is important that your child access support and learning continues as planned so that they can systematically learn new skills and be applying them regularly. Practise makes progress, and what better way than to practise the social skills from the safety of their home while they work online with a small group of children. The program is designed to be equally effective online as it does face to face. 

What does the SAS Training involve?

Child Group Meetings

The first 9 sessions are typically delivered weekly with the following 2 boosters sessions spread over a six month period.

Parent Group Meetings

Parent Group Sessions: commence with a 2-hour parent information session, followed by 11-22 group meetings of 30-45 minutes, or 4 x 2-hour sessions, over the course of the program.

  • Parent group meetings are held throughout the program to advise and support parents on the content of child group meetings and how to help their children apply their SAS skills in real life.

  • It is optimal if parents have the opportunity for networking and facilitated discussion on the successes and challenges they have faced in supporting their children to use their newly learnt social skills.

  • Parent meetings are typically held as close as possible to the child meeting and without children present.

 

School Support

Classroom teachers are updated on the skills and content children are learning through SAS and how they can support the application of skills in the classroom and playground. This occurs through a combination of providing a series of SAS Teacher Tip Sheets, the Skill Tracker, teacher consultation, school visits, and an optional school staff presentation.

  • SAS is often written into children’s individual learning plans to assist teachers to meet the social-emotional goals of their students.

  • The SAS Small Group Program is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum.

 

Mission and Mission Journal 

Between each child group meeting, children participate in weekly tasks, including playing 4 levels of online gamified learning, skills practice activities in day-to-day life and completion of a reflection journal.

 

Skill Tracker System

Skill Tracker System: A short-term daily motivation tool is used to encourage children to practice specific skills at home and school, aligned with progression through each module of the program.

Assessment Measures

A combination of questionnaire booklets, an observational assessment tool, computer game performance and Skill Tracker progress, provide valuable information to guide areas of focus for each individual child as well as providing easy and comprehensive outcome reporting.

SAS Digital Headquarters

The online gateway for children to access their club meeting activities, four levels of gamified learning, digital gadget pack, a Mission Journal for self-reflection on real life practice tasks, a multi-user Skill Tracker system, and other tools. Watch the game trailer.

See www.sst-institute.net for more information about this evidence-based program.

Please register your interest below to find out more.

Costs

NDIS funding may be used if the family are self-managed or plan-managed.  Please note that for participants with plan-managed NDIS there may be an out of pocket expense for the family.

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