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Groups

To Kindy & Beyond Group

‘To Kindy & Beyond’ is an 8-week social skills group program designed to support young children who present with a range of social and emotional challenges often associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) and anger management difficulties. This play-based social skills program helps children learn how to interact with similar-aged peers in a fun and supportive environment. Parent and carers will also be provided with information, support and strategies to assist in managing childhood social and emotional challenges.
For expressions of interest, please contact us at reception.

 

SAS Group Program

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The Secret Agent Society Program is for children aged between 8 and 12 who need to improve their social and emotional skills.  SAS captivates children with espionage-themed games and eye-catching resources.  Kids 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.  Parents and schools are an integral part of the group program and receive resources and support to help young ‘secret agents’ develop and practice new skills at home and school.

The program consists of a two-hour introductory parent group meeting followed by nine weekly two-and a half hour sessions and two follow-up sessions.  Each session concludes with the facilitator reviewing program content with parents, and explaining how they can support their child’s social skill usage in everyday life.  Children play the Secret Agent Society computer game between sessions and complete ‘home missions’ with parental guidance. Parents will be given weekly teacher tip sheets to forward to their child’s teacher.

For more information contact reception or refer www.sst-institute.net

 

Peers® Program

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is an evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated youth who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each session, the participants are taught important social skills and given the opportunity to practice these skills during socialisation activities in session. Participants elect a social coach (often a parent) who will attend separate sessions at the same time, where they are taught how to assist the participant in making and keeping friends by helping them to expand their social network and providing feedback and coaching during weekly socialisation homework assignments.
• PEERS® for Adolescents: 16-week program for motivated adolescents aged 13 to 15, and 16-19 (separate groups). For more information please visit here [https://www.semel.ucla.edu/node/2625].
• PEERS® for Young Adults: 16-week program for motivated young adults aged 20 to 25. For more information please visit here [https://www.semel.ucla.edu/peers/young-adults].
For expressions of interest, please contact us at reception.

 

Transition to High School Group

This group program is run during term 4 and early term 1 and is designed to assist children with the often difficult transition from primary to high school.

For expressions of interest, please contact us at reception.

 

Couple Workshops and Partner Support

A program aimed at couples where one individual has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Condition. Focusing on the unique challenges of this relationship, and the most effective ways to navigate the complex differences and strengths that surface from two different brains coming together. The workshops will provide psychoeducation and support around the specific issues that often arise for individuals with ASD within a relationship, and for the partners. This may include, but is not limited to, communication strategies, emotion management support, intimacy, navigating social situations and extended family members, parenting and finances. These groups aim to provide a forum to explore new perspectives, different approaches to communicating and ways to reconcile misinterpretation.
For expressions of interest, please contact us at reception.

 

Parent Support Groups

Workshops aimed at providing parents with strategies and skills for managing family relationships, challenging behaviours, and finding the balance of ‘couple time’ in amongst it all. These groups will provide parents with an opportunity to reflect on their parenting style, and on common pitfalls that can occur when the demands on a family get too high. The group will also cover topics such as the use of conditional language, life stages, and family values. This group will be open to all parents, not limited to those who have a child diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.
For expressions of interest, please contact us at reception.