Secret Agent Society
|Name||Secret Agent Society|
|Target Audience||Middle childhood (6-12 years)|
|CfC Objective||Supporting Families and Parents|
|Organisation||Social Skills Training Institute, a subsidiary of the not-for-profit Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC).|
|Delivery Setting||Community-based; school-based|
|Description||The multi-media program aims to teach children to recognise and manage their own feelings, cope with change, detect other people’s emotions, develop and maintain friendships, social problems, and deal with bullying.|
|Delivered to||Children aged 8-12 with social and emotional challenges such as autism, anxiety, ADHD, friendship difficulties etc.|
|Delivered by||Allied Health clinicians, education staff and other professionals working with children with social-emotional challenges such as autism, anxiety, ADHD, friendship difficulties etc.|
There are three levels of program access:
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:
|Training||Professionals are required to attend a 2-day interactive training course to equip them to deliver the SAS Small Group Program.|
Training packs, dates and locations are listed online:
All prices excluding GST
2-Day SAS Practitioner Training Course: Scheduled event places per person:
|Contact||Phone: (07) 3720 8740|
Principal Consultant: Kathleen Davey, Clinical Psychologist
|Evaluation and effectiveness|
The program has been evaluated in clinic and school settings. The growing number of studies underway and published show that the program has wide application to a range of ages, diagnoses and intellectual levels, can involve parents and/or teachers in delivery and can be delivered in a manualised full small group format or by using components of the program. Contact the Social Skills Training Institute for further details.
Ongoing trials of the program are currently underway both within Australia and internationally, including studies evaluating the effectiveness of individual (as opposed to group) delivery of SAS.
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.