Our Social Clubs have been carefully designed to consider each child’s specific developmental needs from 2 years to young adulthood. We long ago identified the post home-based 1:1 early intervention gap in the education of our children. It is only recently we have been able to branch out and offer a service to combat the issue we know exists. Thus, our intervention programs are geared specifically towards our children transposing them into a peer related small group format.
Success for children with Autism comes with the ability to provide for them a seamless transition from one life stage to another. The goal of these programs are to help each child obtain the skills necessary to achieve mainstream readiness or at least placement in the least restrictive setting. Our programs focus on fun, age appropriate and when necessary, individualised activities that systematically encourage language, social skills, and other foundational skills toward getting ready for all school levels.
This is not a typical kindy, pre-school or school format, it’s a setting where your child will gain a solid base of understanding at each level as they negotiate their journey. We track your child’s progress and methodically plan each new skill, from the baby groups where a child says their first word all the way through to their articulated responses during circle/ mat time and beyond. Additionally, at the end of the day we are dealing with kiddies and to do so we want them to have fun, enjoy being with their peer group, make friends, be kind to one another, hang-out, talk about kid-stuff’ and above all be happy!
Groups facilitators are all registered Secret Agent Society (SAS) Practitioners and also hold a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) qualification through the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Data is continuously collected on the targeted behaviours because it allows those running the programs to identify whether interventions are working or not. In general, we would be looking at low variability in the data, suggesting control over the teaching method and the tactics being used.
Social skills will help your child know how to act in different social situations – from talking to their grandparents when they visit to playing with friends at school. They will also learn how to make friends, learn from others and develop hobbies and interests. These skills can also help with family relationships and give your child a sense of belonging, as well as improve their mental health and overall quality of life and also very importantly, they are taught to have FUN!
The Social Clubs will run for 3 hours a session during school terms (10 weeks) and include snack time and a main meal. Homework will also be taken care of. After school sessions for school aged children will run from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.
Your child will participate in various group activities:
- Functional, cooperative and independent play
- Conversation skills
- Emotional and self-regulation skills
- Problem solving
- Turn taking
- Friendship skills
- Safety skills
- Fine and gross motor skills
- Generalisation of previously acquired skills
- Personal manners
- …..and much more!
If your child has ASD and you are not currently a AES client, your child is welcome to join any of our Social Club programs. We also take children without a formal diagnosis. We will conduct an evaluation of all children to see if they are ready for these programs and which social clubs suits them the best. Entry to our Social Clubs is determined by their developmental needs to ensure a successful outcome.
We have Social Club programs running north and east of the river in Balcatta, Greenwood and Armadale in a safe and secure environment. Your child can join a club at any time during a term.
Call us on (08) 9240 5800 for more information or to enrol your child in a program.