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Secret Agent Society

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The SAS program is aimed at children in upper primary school and early teens who need to improve their social and emotional skills, including those with Asperger's Syndrome/High Functioning Autism

How does SAS help?

 

The SAS program aims to help children learn:

  • How to recognise simple and complex emotions in themselves and others

  • How to express feelings in appropriate ways

  • How to cope with feelings of anger and anxiety

  • How to start, continue, and end conversations and play activities with others

  • How to tell the difference between friendly joking and mean teasing

  • How to manage bullying

  • How to cope with making mistakes

  • How to handle new situations and ask for help when needed

  • How to make friends

 

1 hr Information Session

What the Program Includes

The program includes:

  • Child Club Meetings: Delivered to groups of 3-6 children. These sessions include fun spy-themed games and activities that help your child to learn and practice skills. Your child will use their SAS Digital Headquarters and receive a series of digital gadgets to assist them outside of club meetings.

  • Parent Information Sessions: Delivered as weekly 30-45 minute sessions (or as four 2-hour sessions over the course of the program).  You will receive your own Mentor Portal access with direct access to your Parent Meeting Notes and your child's Cadet Club Journal, Skill Tracker, and progress monitoring. You will hear what the children are learning and discuss how to support your child between sessions to successfully apply their new skills at home and on outings.

  • Weekly Teacher Tip Sheets: Received every week, these helpful tip sheets keep teachers informed about what your child is learning and how they can support your child to use of skills in the classroom and playground.

  • SAS Digital Headquarters - 4 Levels of Games: Played at home or at school to teach your child to recognise emotions in themselves and others, express their feelings appropriately and cope with social challenges. The game motivates your child to learn and helps them succeed in club meeting activities.

  • Missions: Weekly tasks for your child to practise the skills learnt in Club Meetings.

  • Skill Tracker: Encourages and Rewards your child for practicing skills at both home and school.

 

Research highlights the importance of mission completion for improving children’s social and emotional skills.

At the end of the SAS Small Group 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’. They will learn how to:

  • Recognise emotions in themselves and others.

  • Express their feelings in appropriate ways.

  • Cope with feelings of anger and anxiety.

  • Talk and play with others.

  • Cope with change.

  • Build and maintain friendships.

  • Solve friendship problems.

  • Cope with mistakes (including losing!).

  • Recognise and deal with bullying and teasing.

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