Building Social Skills and Emotional Resilience with the Secret Agent Society Program

Natasha Young

Secret Agent Society Small Group Program for Autism. Online and in South Surrey

The Secret Agent Society (SAS) transforms social skills training into a thrilling spy-themed adventure. While originally developed for children aged 8-12 years on the autism spectrum, the evidence base has expanded over time to demonstrate meaningful change for children with a range of diagnostic and neurodiverse profiles. However, in order to fully benefit, participants must be high functioning and their reading should be at grade level!

What is the SAS Program?

Originating from the University of Queensland, the SAS social skills program captivates young minds with its spy-themed, gamified learning activities. This includes children with autism, ADHD, and anxiety disorders, as well as those struggling with social skills and emotional regulation and response. Interactive computer games and dynamic, clinician-led sessions immerse children in a world where learning is empowering.

SAS stands on a foundation of proven evidence, enhancing crucial life skills such as:

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Flexible and Accessible

SAS can be delivered in person or online via zoom, making it accessible to families in remote areas or those dealing with periods of isolation. Groups usually consist of 3-4 cadets, allowing for focused learning. The trained SAS Facilitator leads the neuro affirming sessions, ensuring each child receives personalized support. Parents and teachers are also involved through the Mentor Portal, which provides access to resources and progress tracking.

Personalized Tools for Success

SAS offers personalized support through a custom Gadget Pack, filled with tools like the Emotionometer and Friendship Formula. These espionage-themed gadgets help cadets practice and apply their new skills in real-life situations. Each session is designed to reinforce learning and build confidence, providing a safe space for growth.

In SAS, Families can expect:

  • Guidance from a trained SAS Facilitator through a multi-session program.
  • To commit to a series of weekly group meetings. Between regular Club Meetings, Cadets are supported by their adult Mentors to complete their Skill Tracker, Mission Journal and the SAS Digital HQ levels.
  • Flexible small group delivery in person or via zoom with 3-4 Cadets or up to 6 Cadets when combining groups.
  • Use of an online platform through a compatible device for uninterrupted program access from anywhere.
  • Personalized wrap-around support for your child from parents and teachers who engage with the program using their Mentor Portal and digitized espionage-themed tools and resources.
  • A comprehensive and effective program backed by more than 20 publications.
  • A full suite of SAS missions and skill development activities across four focus areas: emotion recognition, emotion regulation, social skills and problem-solving.

With its engaging approach and comprehensive support, SAS is more than a program—it’s an experience that builds social and emotional resilience. If you’re looking for a fun and effective way to support your child’s development, SAS offers an adventure that helps them thrive in both personal and social settings.