Secret Agent Society
What is Secret Agent Society?
Secret Agent Society (SAS) is a breakthrough approach that aims to empower children aged 8 to 12 with identified social and emotional challenges, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and anxiety disorders. SAS consists of small group child sessions (club meetings), parent group meetings, teacher information sessions and Teacher Tip Sheets, paired with real-life practice missions and a system to monitor and reward skill development at home and at school. Combining family and facilitator resources, the content and program structure is accessed through an intuitive and engaging software package that streamlines program delivery and participation for all child and adults participants in face-to-face or telehealth sessions and between session activities.
The program captivates children with its espionage-themed games and activities including: multi-level gamified learning through the SAS Digital Headquarters (SAS Digital HQ); a virtual Helpful Thought Zapper; role-playing through the SAS Challenger Board Game; finding smart solutions with the D.E.C.O.D.E.R problem solving formula; and deciphering emotions through Secret Message Transmission Device Game.
The program was originally developed for children aged 8 to 12 years with Autism. However, current research and clinical/educational use supports its effectiveness with children who have other social and emotional challenges, including ADHD, anxiety disorders, and other diagnoses or social difficulties without formal diagnosis. The program teaches children how to:
- Recognise emotions in themselves and others;
- Express their feelings in appropriate ways;
- Cope with feelings of anger and anxiety;
- Communicate and play with others;
- Cope with mistakes, transitions and challenges;
- Build and maintain friendships;
- Solve social problems;
- Prevent and manage bullying and teasing and
- Acknowledge their personal strengths.
How can secret agent society help my child?
Raising a child who struggles to manage their emotions and cope with social situations can be challenging. SAS is a fun, espionage-themed group program which helps children learn how to feel happier, calmer and braver. It also teaches them how to make friends and keep them! At the end of the SAS 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. SAS is an evidence-based framework combining theories of cognitive function and behaviour change. Multiple research evaluations support the effectiveness of SAS for improving the social and emotional skills of children.
SAS Program Components
SAS Small Group 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. The program includes:
Child Group Meetings: delivered over 9 consecutive weeks for 90 minutes, plus 2-4 booster sessions over the following 6 months.
Parent Group Sessions: commence with a 2-hour parent information session, followed by 9 parent group meetings of 30 minutes which immediately follows the conclusion of each weekly child group meeting. Parent group meetings are held throughout the program to advise and support parents on the content of child group meetings and how to help their children apply their SAS skills in real life. It is optimal if parents have the opportunity for networking and facilitated discussion on the successes and challenges they have faced in supporting their children to use their newly learnt social skills. Parent meetings are typically held after each child meeting and without children present.
Missions and Mission Journal: Between each child group meeting, children participate in weekly tasks, including playing 4 levels of online gamified learning, skills practice activities in day-to-day life and completion of a reflection journal.
Skill Tracker System:
A short-term daily motivation tool is used to encourage children to practice specific skills at home and school, aligned with progression through each module of the program.
Assessment Measures: A combination of questionnaire booklets, an observational assessment tool, computer game performance and Skill Tracker progress, provide valuable information to guide areas of focus for each individual child as well as providing easy and comprehensive outcome reporting.
SAS Digital Headquarters: The online gateway for children to access their club meeting activities, four levels of gamified learning, digital gadget pack, a Mission Journal for self-reflection on real life practice tasks, a multi-user Skill Tracker system, and other tools. Watch the game trailer!
SAS Program Schedule
The group meetings will commence on Tuesday 13th July 2021 from 4 to 6pm and run for 9 consecutive weeks each Tuesday at the same time. A 2 hour introductory, parents-only will need to be coordinated before the first group session, likely to be held in June 2021.
The booster sessions will be organised by the end of the 9 weekly sessions, if necessary.
The program is most suitable for children:
- aged 8 to 12 years old
- with typically developing language skills
- who could benefit from support understanding emotions and connecting with others
Cost and Funding
The total program cost is $1950 which includes all sessions, information and materials. NDIS funding may be able to be used to pay for the program.
How to Register or Get More Information?
To register or find out more information, simply complete the form below and one of our team members will get in touch with you shortly to discuss the program with you.