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The Secret Agent Society Programme at Lucena Clinic

The Secret Agent Society Programme at Lucena Clinic

The Secret Agent Society (SAS) Program uses exciting games and activities to improve the social skills and emotional understanding of 8 to 12 year olds with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), including Asperger Syndrome.

This flexible program helps professionals improve children’s emotional understanding and social skills by teaching them:

    • How to recognise simple and complex emotions in themselves and others.
    • How to express feelings in appropriate ways.
    • How to cope with feelings of anger and anxiety.
    • How to start, continue and end conversations and play activities with others.
    • How to tell the difference between friendly joking and mean teasing.
    • How to manage bullying.
    • How to cope with making mistakes.
    • How to handle new situations and ask for help when needed.
    • How to make friends.


The Secret Agent Society (SAS) Program provides a combination of individual sessions with a group program that provides children with the skills that they need to manage their emotions and to learn how to behave appropriately in social situations.  Included in the program is workshops for parents and information for teachers to assist them to learn how to best manage behaviours and how to support the child to practice their newly learned skills.


What age range is the program suitable for?

  • The program was designed for 8 to 12 year old children. However, it has been successfully used with youth up to the age of 15. Children younger than 8 may struggle to understand some of the language and concepts.

Is the program suitable for children with lower functioning autism?

  • The program was designed for children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders, such as Asperger Syndrome. Children with intellectual delays may struggle to understand the language and concepts used throughout the program, and will need additional adult support.


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