Secret Agent Society (SAS)

The Secret Agent Society (SAS) Small Group Program helps kids 8 to 12 crack the code of emotions and friendships.  SAS takes gamified learning to a new level with espionage-themed content which focuses on skills such as emotion recognition, self-regulation and social problem-solving.   Junior Detectives graduate from SAS equipped with the skills to feel happier, calmer and braver while making new friends and keeping them.

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The Secret Agent Society Program at TMB

Duration: Nine weeks. Cohorts commence at the start of each school term.
When: Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Our experienced facilitators will take your child through the SAS content, providing opportunities to practice new skills with the other cadets.  You will also have access to a parent education program with our facilitator so you can know exactly what to do to support your cadet to get the most of the program.  

Can SAS help with social challenges at school?

Schools present a unique landscape of challenges and opportunities for children navigating social hurdles. While the structured environment and social dynamics can sometimes be daunting, they also offer opportunities to practice skills.  Educators and school professionals are indispensable to our program. Their close interaction with students, understanding of individual needs, and daily encouragement make them pivotal allies in nurturing each child’s social journey.

Is the SAS program neuro-affirming?

Our program proudly embraces the vibrant spectrum of neurological diversity, evolving with a deepened understanding of the unique strengths and preferences each individual brings. As we’ve transitioned to a neuro-affirming model, we’ve meticulously refined our content to celebrate these differences, while also empowering our participants to confidently advocate for their own support needs. This evolution occurs with a steadfast commitment to retaining the integrity of our program as an evidence-based practice. We ensure our modifications align with the latest research, maintaining a balance between innovation and proven methodologies. This continuous process of learning and adaptation ensures our approach is always person-centred, fostering an environment where every cadet is recognised and respected for their inherent potential and individuality.

Is the SAS program suitable for my child?

SAS suits children 8-12 years old.  It benefits children experiencing social, communication and emotional challenges, including autistic children and children with ADHD.  Before your child starts the SAS program, we’ll carry out a preliminary assessment. This step helps us ensure that our program aligns with your child’s needs and enables us to form a group of cadets who can thrive together.  In general, we recommend that before accessing the SAS program, children: 

    • are comfortable sitting in a small group of his/her peers
    • can engage in a 3-4 exchange conversation about a range of topics.
    • are able to answer a variety of Wh- questions (who, what, when, where, why)
    • be able to report on/recall events in the recent past.

My child is a teen. Can they attend SAS?

Our program is carefully designed with a focus on children 8-12 years old, guided by a strong evidence base and content tailored to their specific developmental stage. Children above a certain age may find that the material does not quite meet their needs or resonate with their experiences. We are pleased to offer the PEERS program, which is specially crafted for teens. You can find out more about this program here. 

Where can I learn more about the Secret Agent Society Program?

The developers of this fabulous program have extensive information and resources on their website, including information about the history, structure and research supporting this program.  highly recommend having a look at it.  We have been delivering this program since 2017, so please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.  

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