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Secret Agent Society

Social Skills for children with high functioning ASD (aged 8-12 years)
The Secret Agent Society (SAS) Small Group Program is a breakthrough social skills program for 8-to-12-year-old children with social and emotional challenges, including those with Autism.

The program runs for either 10 weeks or 19 weeks and consists of small-group child sessions for 1 ½ hours (10 wks) or 45 mins (19 wks) followed by a short  parent/carer session.  It also includes a 1 hour parent interview, a 2 hour parent training session and a follow up session with the parent and child 3 months after completion.

The program includes the Secret Agent Society Kit  which contains everything a family needs to participate in the group program with a trained SAS Facilitator  This includes real-life practice missions and a system to monitor and reward skill development at home and at school.

SAS teaches children how to:

  • Recognise simple and complex emotions in themselves and others
  • Express their feelings in appropriate ways
  • Cope with feelings of anger and anxiety
  • Communicate and play with others
  • Understanding levels of friendship
  • Cope with team work, games and ‘losing’
  • Cope with mistakes and transitions
  • Build and maintain friendships
  • Solve social problems
  • Detect the different between accidents, jokes and nasty deeds
  • Detect and understanding bullying
  • Prevent and manage bullying and teasing
  • Acknowledging personal strengths and goals

SAS Small Group Program is a multi-component program that up-skills and empowers not only children with social and emotional challenges, but also the parents and teachers who support them.

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Call our intake team for dates and times of upcoming sessions on 8525 8222 or click on the enquire now button below.

Lego® Club

Suitable for children aged 5-12 years with social difficulties including those with high functioning/moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lego® Club is a small group program that has proven to help children with social difficulties including ASD, to improve and practice their social interaction and communication skills. The program helps children socialise with their peers, have fun in a supportive and understanding environment and enables them to improve the skills of sharing, waiting, turn-taking, talking with others and making friends.

What happens at Lego® Club?

  • Each child learns a clear set of rules and LEGO® building skills.
  • They are then introduced to a group of other children.
  • Everyone in the group agrees upon a project which is achievable for everyone involved – projects are usually certain structures or buildings to create.
  • Each child is assigned a role for the project. The roles are as follows:
  1. Architect – holds the building instructions, and is responsible for letting the others know which bricks are required (supplier) and how to put them together (builder).
  2. Supplier – holds the LEGO® bricks necessary to assemble the LEGO® model, and is responsible for supplying the builder with the correct pieces and at the correct time.
  3. Builder – is responsible for taking the individual pieces from the supplier, and putting the pieces together, according to the instructions given by the architect, to create the model. Roles are rotated throughout therapy.
  • The group works together to build the LEGO® structure according to the principals of play therapy Program

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Call our intake team for dates and times of upcoming sessions on 8525 8222 or click on enquire now button below.

Social and Emotional Skills for children with ASD

This 4 session group focusses on exploring and managing feelings, problem solving and social skills. The group is suitable for children aged 8 to 9 years who may be having difficulty with self regulation and peer relationships. A multi-method approach will be utilized including videos, visuals and roles plays.

This program will help your child learn how to make friends and keep them. We will give them a tool box to support them feeling happy and calm. Children who have previously been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (mild to moderate) would be suitable for this group.

The program outcomes are as follows:

  • Understanding Emotions – develop children’s awareness of their own and others’ emotions such as how to describe and recognise emotion, the different causes of emotion, and how to differentiate varying intensities of emotion.
  • Problem Solving – teaches children about thoughts and feelings in themselves and in others, to have an understanding of the causes and influences of people’s emotional experiences and behaviour.
  • Managing Emotions – strategies for dealing with difficult or unpleasant emotions. This helps children to feel more in control and accepting of their emotions, which in turn enables them to behave more appropriately and enhance social skills.

This program is eligible under NDIS Funding in the area of Improved Daily Living. Call our intake team for dates and times of upcoming sessions on 8525 8222 or click on the enquire now button below.

Stop Think Do 

This structured program develops emotional & social intelligence in children & adolescents. The focus is on social skills training, behaviour management and motivational learning. This group is run in 2 separate age groups.

The aim of ‘Stop, think, do’ program is to develop self control, perceptual and communication skills, and cognitive problem solving skills. It is theorised that children with social-behavioural problems are often stuck at STOP as they tend not to think or do much for themselves. Shy, anxious children are stuck at THINK as they often think too much about what could happen. Impulsive, aggressive children are stuck at DO because they do and do and rarely stop to think.

The program aims to train all children to move through all steps with positive feedback, self-esteem enhancement and support from adults and peers.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Self control
  • Feelings
  • Cognitive problem solving
  • Consequential thinking
  • Decision making
  • Choice making
  • Behavioural skills

Who is Stop Think Do suitable for?

Stop, Think, Do is suitable for children aged between 6 and 11 years old and the content is tailored for each age group.

How is it delivered?

Learning Links currently run this program in a small group over 2 half days in the school holidays, however, can be tailored to meet the needs of families.

Call our intake team for dates and times of upcoming sessions on 8525 8222 or click on the enquire now button below.

PALS – Playing and Learning to Socialise

Pals is a research based social skills program that teaches children to develop socially skilled behaviours that will help them develop friendships and get along with others.

The PALS Social Skills Program aims to:

  • Help children relate to others.
  • Teach children constructive problem solving skills for social situations.
  • Promote skills for school adjustment.

Social skills taught include:  Greeting others, taking turns, talking, listening, playing, sharing, asking for help, identifying feelings, empathy, overcoming fear and anxiety, managing frustration, calming down and speaking up.

Who is PALS suitable for?

The program is suitable for children aged 4-6 years.

How is PALS delivered?

Learning Links currently run this program in a small group over 2 half days in the school holidays, however, can be tailored to meet the needs of families.

Call our intake team for dates and times of upcoming sessions on 8525 8222 or click on the enquire now button below.

How to Access our Services

Locations: Our services are offered at our Learning Centres in Peakhurst, Oatley, Maroubra and Liverpool and may be provided from schools and early childhood settings.

Days of Operation:  Monday to Saturday

Call us on 02 8525 8222  or click on the button below to enquire.