Kids feel happier calmer and braver, make friends and keep them

How can Secret Agent Society help my child?

Secret Agent Society (SAS) is a breakthrough social skills approach for 8 to 12-year-old children, with a range of different social and emotional challenges. SAS has fun, espionage-themed resources and program that helps children learn how to feel happier, calmer and braver. It also teaches them how to make friends and keep them.

  • High functioning Autism / Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Anger management difficulties
  • Other general challenges with friendships, team work, conversations or staying calm

SAS was authored by Clinical Psychologist Dr Renae Beaumont, and is regarded as one of the most successful programs of its kind in the world.

You and your child can benefit from SAS through a number of options:

 

With Professional Support:

SAS Small Group Program
SAS Computer Game Pack and Challenger Board Game

 

At Home Anytime:

SAS Computer Game Pack
SAS Challenger Board Game

 

SAS provides engaging, technologically innovative games and full-colour resources to empower children with the knowledge, skills and capacities to respond to everyday challenges.

 

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What Are My Options?

  1. You can choose to enrol your child in the evidence-based and award winning SAS Small Group Program
    • your child will participate in a series of fun spy-themed group sessions while you and your child's teacher learn how to assist too!
  2. You can choose to use a selection of SAS resources flexibly
    • at home with your child or together with a professional.

 

Find Out More

SAS Small Group Program - Fun games and activities

 

 

SAS COMPUTER GAME

SAS Computer Game Level 1

DETECTION OF THE EXPRESSION

SAS Detection of the Expression Game to learn emotions

FRIENDSHIP FORMULA

Secret Agent Society Friendship Formula

HELPFUL THOUGHT MISSILE ACTION GAME

Helpful Thought Missile Action Game for fun cognitive behaviour therapy

SECRET MESSAGE TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Walkie talkie games to help you learn to detect emotion in the voice
Fun ready made Secret Agent themed resources

SAS Research

Multiple research evaluations support the effectiveness of the SAS Small Group Program for improving the social and emotional skills of children aged 8-12 years in clinic and school settings.

 

The Autism Spectrum

On university randomised controlled trial found 76% of children with Asperger’s Syndrome who participated in SAS, improved from showing clinically significant delays in social and emotional functioning, to displaying these skills within the range of typically developing children (Beaumont & Sofronoff, 2008). (link to evidence base page)

Further studies and implementation projects involving children with Autism included collaborations amongst universities, schools, and hospital clinics from around the globe.

Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT)
University of Queensland (Australia)
University of Sydney (Australia)
Westmead Children’s Hospital (Australia)
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (USA)
Australian Mainstream Schools (state, independent, catholic)
New York Presbyterian Hospital (USA)
Monash University (Australia)
Buffalo School Districts (USA)
York University (Canada)
King’s College (England)
Griffith University (Australia)
Geneva Centre for Autism (Canada)
National Educational Psychology Service (Ireland)

 

Children With Other Social-Emotional Challenges

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Friendship Difficulties

An evaluation at the University of Queensland demonstrated the effectiveness of the SAS Small Group Program for children who have other social-emotional challenges (not Autism). For example, children with learning difficulties, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder and those without any diagnosed ‘disorder’. Improvements were found in children’s emotion regulation skills, anxiety levels and social functioning. 

SAS team playing soccor

An exciting multi-site randomised controlled trial of the SAS Small Group Program for children with Anxiety Disorders, ADHD and Autism is currently underway in New York City.

Adult mentor assist child play SAS on computer

 

Using The SAS Computer Game Pack At Home

We know that the best way to improve kids social and emotion skills is through a small group program delivered by a trained professional, however sometimes this isn’t possible or suitable.

Researchers have started looking into how much kids improve from using the SAS Computer Game Pack at home with their parents or at a service with a professional. So far, these results look promising for an alternative to accessing the SAS Small Group Program. Improved emotion and social skills are possible with the SAS stand-alone resources, and work best when supported by a professional either directly or through remote support.