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Title: Social Skills – Secret Agent Society Program

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Date/Time: Thursday 01 January, 2015 - Saturday 31 December, 2016 • All Day

Location: Pakenham Branch

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The Highly Acclaimed SECRET AGENT SOCIETY (SAS) Social Skills program for children is available in the Southern Region through Irabina Officer Branch.

The world’s most renown and evidence-based social skills program for children with social and emotional difficulties is now available in Cardinia.
Speech & Language Pathologist, Jean Barnes of Irabina Childhood Autism Services is now trained to deliver the acclaimed Secret Agent Society (SAS) program to children aged between 8 and 12.

The SAS program uses animated technology, spy gadgets and games to teach new social and emotional skills to children who struggle with friendships and feelings.

Here are some comments with regards to this program:
“SAS gives children step-by-step examples of how to make and keep friends, cope with bullying and deal with emotions such as anxiety and anger.”
“It also uses a highly interactive spy-themed computer game with different levels of challenges and adventures so the sessions feel like fun, not therapy.”

A university randomised, controlled trial found the social skills of 76 per cent of children with Asperger’s Syndrome improved from being significantly impaired to within the range of typically developing children after doing SAS. ¹(Refer to Beaumont, R., & Sofronoff, K.,(2008). A multi-component social skills intervention for children with Asperger Syndrome: The Junior Detective Training Program. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49, 743-753.)

This remarkable outcome is currently the most clinically significant change published in the world for a social skills program for children with high-functioning autism.

SAS can be delivered by a trained practitioner in a school, community or private practice setting. It includes child group sessions, parent education, teacher tip sheets, home missions and a system to reward and monitor progress at home and school.

The program was created by Australian clinical psychologist and Asperger’s expert Dr Renae Beaumont and is now available through 500 trained practitioners in nine countries including England, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates and Brazil.

To find out more contact Jean Barnes or Bessie Loo at Irabina Childhood Autism Services- Officer site at 03 5943 5004 or visit www.sst-institute.net

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