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Secret Agent Society™ (SAS) Social Skills Program

Raising a child can be very rewarding, but it can also be extremely challenging. Some children find it difficult to understand their own emotions and those of others, to express their feelings in appropriate ways and have trouble making friends. The Secret Agent Society™ (SAS) social skills program creates a fun, non-threatening environment in which children can learn the skills they need to become happy, well-adjusted and valued members of our society.

This flexible program helps parents and professionals to improve children’s emotional understanding and social skills by teaching them:

  • How to recognize emotions in themselves and others.
  • How to express feelings in appropriate ways.
  • How to cope with feelings of anger and anxiety.
  • How to start, continue and end conversations and play activities with others.
  • How to tell the difference between friendly joking and mean teasing.
  • How to manage bullying.
  • How to cope with making mistakes.
  • How to handle new situations and ask for help when needed.

The Secret Agent Society™ (SAS) social skills program is delivered via a 11-session group program by certified SAS Facilitators. The SAS Family Kit supports the skill development of families who participate in the Secret Agent Society™ program. This resource provides families with everything they need to participate in the SAS group social skills program and is purchased at the commencement of the program. This is designed to complement the program and to help improve their children’s emotional understanding and social skills at home and at school. The group-training program includes:

  • Fun small group child therapy sessions to help children apply social skills to everyday life.
  • Parent information sessions to provide guidance on supporting children’s social skill development.
  • Teacher tip sheets that provide recommendations for how school staff can support children’s social development and create a friendly and caring learning environment.

The SAS Package Includes:

  • 11 x 2 hour Child Sessions 9 Sessions + 2 Booster Sessions at 3 months and 6 months post-completion
  • 9 x 30 minute Parent Briefing Sessions conducted during the final 30 minutes of each of the 9 initial sessions.
  • 1 x 2 hour Parent Introductory Session
  • 45 minute individual intake review in person with a SAS Facilitator to determine suitability for the program
  • 30 minute parent review by phone with a SAS Facilitator as part of the intake process for the program

During the first 90 minutes of each group meeting, children learn emotion recognition, emotion regulation and social skills through fun games and activities. Meanwhile, parents discuss amongst themselves the successes and challenges they have faced in supporting their child to use their social skills in real life. For the remaining 30 minutes, children practice their social skills through informal play activities; while parents learn specific ways they can support their child’s social skill development.

The Secret Agent Society™ (SAS) social skills program upskills and empowers 8 to 12 year olds including those with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger Syndrome) and the adults who support them. The SAS group program consolidates and extends on the foundation skills taught using the Introductory SAS Resources. This comprehensive social skills program helps children reach their potential by building their emotional resilience and friendship skills.

Facilitators: 1:3 ratio of Facilitators to Participants (maximum 6 participants)
Age Group: 8 to 12 year olds
Cost: HK$1,200 per 2 hour session

Please refer to the SAS Training Institute for more information on this innovative program: www.sst-institute.net/au/parents/

“Thanks to this program, my child has been able to make a real friend for the first time in his life.”

“Excellent program. It taught me how to support my child in controlling her emotions and making friends.”

“This was the best program that my son has ever been involved in.”