Secret Agent Society social skills program - Solving the Mystery of Social Encounters
Registrations are now closed for Term 3 2017.
We welcome registrations for Term 1 2018. Please contact reception for further information.
The Secret Agent Society (SAS) is a breakthrough program for children aged between 8 and 12 years that teaches social skills in a fun group setting. SAS engages children with its espionage-themed games and eye-catching resources. Children learn how to recognise and manage their own feelings, cope with change, detect other people's emotions, talk and play with others and deal with bullying. It features an animated 'secret agent' computer game as well as parent and teacher resources and information sessions to encourage children to use their new skills at home and at school. At the end of the program, the junior detectives will graduate as a 'secret agent', armed with the social and emotional tools they need to continue their work in the 'real world'. SAS is a fun, small group program which helps children learn how to feel happier, calmer, and braver! For further information about the program, and the research behind it, visit the Social Skills Training Institute website, http://www.sst-institute.net/ or watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEJuvqMgbI0&noredirect=1
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
Who for? The SAS program is aimed at children in upper Primary School who need to improve their social and emotional skills, including those with Asperger's Syndrome/High Functioning Autism.
Facilitators? Natasha Eisenmajer, Psychologist
, and Hana Robinson, SAS Facilitator
Where? The ASD Clinic, Suite 2, 830 High Street, Kew East
When? Please contact reception
to find out when the next group is starting.
- Intake interview (1 hour). Before commencing the program an individual pre-program meeting will gather information about your child and determine whether the program will meet your family's needs
- Introductory parent information session (2 hours)
- 9 x weekly 2 hour sessions involving
- child group meetings (90 mins). For the first 90 minutes children play therapeutic games and activities under the guidance of two group facilitators.
- parent group meetings (30 mins). For the final 30 minutes of each session one group facilitator will help children apply their social skills during an informal play period, while the other facilitator reviews program content with parents and explains how they can support their child's social skill usage in everyday life.
- Home missions: Children play the Secret Agent Society computer game between sessions and complete 'home missions' with parental guidance
- Follow up sessions at 3 and 6 months post-group (2 hours each). Includes a small party and graduation ceremony
- Teacher tip sheets: Parents will be provided with weekly teacher tip sheets to pass on to their child's teacher. Teacher tip sheets provide recommendations for how school staff can support children's social development and create a friendly and caring learning environment.
The cost of the entire program is $2640. The total out-of-pocket cost for families if they are eligible for Medicare rebates is $2338.70. The fee is payable in full prior to the commencement of the program.
The fees cover the following:
- Intake interview
- Parent information session (2 hours)
- Group program sessions: $180 per 2 hour session x 11 (9 x weekly sessions and 2 x follow up sessions)
- Family kit and rewards: Family Kit purchased by the ASD Clinic from the SSI Training Institute. The family kit is required for the program and contains everything the child and family needs to participate in the SAS program
- Rebates: Medicare rebates of $21.65 per group session, and $84.80 for the individual intake interview, are available if the child has a Mental Health Care Plan for individual and group therapy. 10 x $21.65 = $216.50 for group sessions (maximum of 10 group sessions allowed per year under Medicare). Please note, Medicare rebates are only applicable if there are 6 children participating in the group; if there are less than 6 the group sessions Medicare rebate does not apply. Please contact reception for further details.
For further information please contact Hana Robinson or Natasha Eisenmajer at The ASD Clinic on 8851 3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org