The Social Adventurer Program is a series of skill-based therapy groups designed to develop social and emotional skills for school-aged children with autism. The Social Adventurer Program takes into consideration the learning needs of students with autism by delivering a structured program that addresses core learning outcomes. The Social Adventurer Program integrates functional goals through evidence-based programs and best practice strategies, while linking to educational curriculum outcomes from the Australian National Curriculum. Each child or teenager is matched to a group according to his or her goals and individual needs. All groups focus on 4 core learning outcomes that are differentiated to the learning needs of the group. Core Learning Outcomes are in the areas of: Self-awareness, understanding others, communication and friendships. Groups are run after school, over an 8-week program, between 3.30pm and 5.30pm across seven different locations in the Perth metro area.
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The Discovery Club forms part of the Social Adventurer Program aimed to support the development of introductory-level social skills for school-aged children with autism. The group program is a structured, play based curriculum that aims to support children to begin developing social skills through play and practical hands-on activities. The Discovery Club introduces social concepts such as sharing and turn taking, learning to have fun within a group setting, developing communication and interaction skills and self-regulation. Student participation in these groups is aimed at improving social outcomes at home, school and in the community.
The Explorers Club forms part of the Social Adventurer Program aimed to support the development of complex social thinking skills for school-aged children with autism. The Explorer Program draws on concepts and strategies from a range of evidence based therapy tools including the Social Thinking Curriculum and the Zones of Regulation©. The group structure follows a combination of, group based activities discussion, reflection and play to support and consolidate learning. Student participation in these groups is aimed at increasing social outcomes at home, school and in the community.
The Discovery Kitchen program is part of our exciting Social Adventurer Program. Participation in these groups is aimed at providing students with the opportunity to learn, practice and improve social skills while also developing lifelong skills and knowledge to create simple meals and snack options. The structured program focuses on the core skills required for safe and hygienic practices in the kitchen as well as understanding roles and responsibilities required to participate successfully within a group. The participants explore elements to organizing their own party and develop key skills relating to planning and organizing. Participation in this program is aimed at increasing self-esteem and improving participation in social activities at school and in the community.
The Explorer Kitchen program is part of our exciting Social Adventurer Series. Participation in this program not only provides participants with the opportunity to learn, practice and improve social skill, but also to explore and learn about different cultures through food and traditional customs. The group also provides a scaffold for enhancing practical cooking skills as well as developing skills required for planning and organising.
Strategies for developing and improving social skills are incorporated into the curriculum through explicit teaching of core concepts such as team work, conflict resolution, expected behaviours in context, and cultural awareness. Each of these skills will be required to effectively work together to create a food experience for their guests in the last week of the program. At the conclusion of the group, participants invite parents and carers to enjoy a “Food Truck” experience with dishes from around the world prepared by the participants. Along with learning about hygiene and safety in the kitchen, participants will be supported to learn more about personal wellness, balanced nutrition and skills to live healthy lifestyles. Participation in this program is aimed at enhancing confidence in the kitchen but also supporting participation in social activities at school and in the community.
Not currently accessing Therapy services with us? Contact us on 08 9489 8900 and speak to our Advisor team to find out how you can access these groups and services.