Secret Agents Society (SAS) Program for 8-14 year olds
“This program is a great resource for clinicians, teachers and families. It provides the skills and resources needed to fully engage children on the autism spectrum – and make learning fun! I highly recommend the Secret Agent Society program as the resources are innovative, well targeted and can make a big difference to how children on the spectrum manage their home and school life.”
Dr Tony Attwood, International expert on Asperger’s Syndrome
The Secret Agents Society (SAS) Program teaches kids how to crack the codes of emotions and friendships, bullying and friendly joking, as well as conversations and coping. It is a more advanced social skills training program for older children wanting to learn to “read” other people and make quick and appropriate choices on how to interact with others.
It was created by Australian clinical psychologist, Dr Renae Beaumont, and is regarded as one of the most successful programs of its kind in the world. It was developed specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) , but can also any child who struggles with social interactions.
Based on a revolutionary computer game, this evidence based, 9-week program supports parents to improve children’s emotional literacy, emotional regulation and social skills by teaching them how to:
- Recognise emotions in themselves and others.
- Express feelings in appropriate ways.
- Cope with feelings of anger and anxiety.
- Start, continue and end conversations and play activities with others.
- Tell the difference between friendly joking and mean teasing.
- Manage bullying.
- Cope with making mistakes.
- Handle new situations and ask for help when needed.
Each group is deliberately kept small, with only 3 participants, to maximise the learning opportunities of your child and to create a supportive environment.
Following each 90 minute child session, a 30 minute parent information session is held to provide guidance on supporting, generalising and maintaining the children’s social skill development.
Teacher tip sheets with recommendations can be provided to school staff for teachers to continue to support your child’s social development consistent to the SAS program aims.
Our SAS Programs run every Saturday from 10am to 12pm during the school term. It is facilitated by our Principal Psychologist Chiu Lau, who was trained by Program Founder Dr Renae Beaumont.
For information on commencement dates or to book a complimentary 20 minute phone consultation with our Principal Psychologist to discuss suitability, please call the clinic on 02-9501 0286.