Social Club News

AES Social Clubs 5-8 year olds

As children enter the school-age years developing meaningful relationships, especially with peers becomes more important. Development milestones for this age group include developing a willingness to play cooperatively, take turns, and share as well as understanding their own feelings, developing self-regulation skills and development of more complex conversational skills. Children with autism often require additional support to acquire and improve these skills and our social clubs provide a safe and engaging environment for this to occur.

This term we spent some time getting to know each other and most of our social skills activities focused on identifying our own emotions, the emotions of others and responding appropriately in social scenarios. These skills were taught using fun and engaging activities. We also learnt some energizing action songs, card games such as snap and group games such as duck duck goose. The children also participated in craft activities, a specialized exercise program and pretend play themes including hospitals and camping. Independent skills were encouraged with the support of visual schedules and choice boards. We also celebrated two birthdays with party food, party games and prizes! It has also been lovely to see the boys developing friendships over the term.

Next term we will focus on teaching the club members some important conversation skills as well as improving self-regulation. We welcome one of our lovely Case Managers Kathy to the group. She is very excited to be joining us. There will be lots of new games, activities and songs to learn along the way and we can’t wait to get underway this week!

Kelly Cavanagh
Team Leader – Social Clubs

AES Social Clubs 9-13- year olds

This social club is run for pre-teen individuals with ASD. Individuals of this age bracket (or thereabouts) are at a number of significant developmental milestones – puberty, transition into high school, development of meaningful relationships, and new responsibilities. Extra support for these milestones is paramount for individuals with ASD, and the positive effects of extra support during these changes is evident in the feedback from current club members.

Activities at social club include getting to know each other games, team building exercises, emotion games and activities, craft exercises, social skills practice and movement exercises. We incorporate life skills such as mealtime responsibilities, team leader drills and self-regulation tasks.

These have included ‘pin the body clue on the body’ (an emotion based version of pin the tail on the donkey), creating a coping skills chatterbox, and glow in the dark bowling! Individuals are exposed to fun and exciting games that are tailored to develop their emotional regulation and understanding, as well as their social skills.

Next term we are looking forward to team building activities such as bind folded mine fields, seated basketball and blanket volleyball, as well as craft creating stress balls, pom pom worry pets and craft angry thought catchers. It is looking to be a super fun and engaging term!

Georgia Brealey
Social Club Facilitator

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