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Has your child got Secret Agent potential???

By Dr. Sarah Watson - Clinic Director | 10/01/2019
Has your child got Secret Agent potential??? | Totally Psyched
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Exciting news! We are about to unleash another group of Secret Agents on the world!

Secret Agent Society (SAS) is a breakthrough social skills approach for 8 to 12 year old children with social and
emotional challenges including high functioning Autism. The Secret Agent Society (SAS) Small Group program is fully inclusive across multiple settings, which makes it the most likely to produce real change in the real world. Consisting of small group child sessions, parent and teacher information sessions and resources, real-life practice missions and a system to monitor and reward skill development at home and at school. Since 2010, thousands of SAS Cadets have graduated as SAS Junior Detectives! In 2014, SAS was awarded the Autism Spectrum Australia National Recognition Award for advancement to acknowledge the significant, positive impact the program has on children’s and families’ lives.

The evidence-based curriculum captivates children with its espionage-themed games and activities including a
multi-level Computer Game, Helpful Thought Missile Action Game, Challenger Board Game and Secret
Message Transmission Device Walkie-Talkie Game.
Professionals learn to deliver SAS Small Group program aligned with evidence-base and clinical best practice in
the 2-day SAS Facilitator Training Course.
SAS Small Group 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.
• Acknowledge their personal strengths.
The Secret Agent Society Small Group program utilises full-colour espionage-themed resources designed for children 8 to 12 years old. The program was originally developed for children with Autism; however current research and feedback from professionals and parents support its effectiveness with children who have other social and emotional challenges, including ADHD, anxiety and anger management problems.

What is the Evidence?
Results from the initial clinic-based randomised controlled trial of the SAS Small Group program (formerly called the Junior Detective Training Program) showed 76 per cent of children aged 8 to 12 years with Asperger’s Syndrome who had clinically significant delays in social functioning improved to showing social skills within the range of typically developing children1. Improvements in social skills and emotional regulation occurred across home and school and were maintained 5-months after the program ended. This Australian study currently holds the most clinically significant change published in the world for a social skills program for children with High Functioning ASD.

An independent evaluation of the SAS Small Group program conducted in Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT) Satellite Classes across five NSW school districts showed that SAS led to improvements in the emotional regulation and social skills of students with ASD, with treatment gains maintained one year after the program ended. Results showed that supplementing the school curriculum with SAS led to significantly greater gains in students’ social-emotional functioning than the standard curriculum alone, with SAS shown to be equally effective irrespective of students’ socio-economic status, verbal comprehension level, gender, or age (between 8 and 14 years). This three-year evaluation involved collaboration between ASPECT and academics from the University of Sydney, University of Queensland, Monash University, Griffith University, Westmead Children’s
Hospital and King’s College (London).

Want to know more? Visit the Secret Agent Society Headquarters https://www.sst-institute.net/

So check our our flyer for the next dates and call/email us to register you're interest. If you're new to Totally Psyched you will need to also complete an online Referral Form found on this website when you click on 'Make an Appointment'. The groups are in high demand but we take great care in matching the group to suit your child's needs and level. Do not hesitate to contact us and one of our wonderful facilitators will give you a call back to tell you more and answer any questions so you can decide if your child should be one our next Secret Agents shhhhhhhhh......

Hope to see you soon!
Sarah