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In Sydney’s Lizard Centre, there are two new social skills groups called Gecko Club and Goanna Club

GECKO CLUB
(3-5 YEARS)

The program is divided into 4 units:

  • Unit 1 – Classroom skills
  • Unit 2 – Basic Interactions
  • Unit 3 – Making Friends
  • Unit 4 – Play with Peers

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GOANNA CLUB
(6-10 YEARS)

The program is divided into 4 units:

  • Unit 1 – Classroom skills
  • Unit 2 – Basic Interactions
  • Unit 3 – Making Friends and Getting Along
  • Unit 4 – Coping Skills

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Both Gecko and Goanna clubs will run for 10 weeks in line with school terms in 2017 with a 2 week break for school holidays.  Groups will include 4 – 8 children of similar age and skill level.  The programs will begin on the following dates:

  • 24 April 2017
  • 17 July 2017
  • 9 October 2017

Each program within Gecko Club and Goanna Club will consist of 10 two hour weekly group sessions and weekly practice goals for home. They are designed to focus on individual social and school skills for your child. During the school holidays, a 2 week break will occur, where data will be compiled and our social skills team will prepare a written progress summary describing the skills your child has learned during the team.


Call us on 1300 752 617 to speak to an expert on our Social Skills Program

Gecko Club (3-5 years)

As children are gearing up for school, there are a number of group and social skills that need to be in place to set the child up for success. Gecko Club is an interactive and fun playgroup that uses an evidence-based curriculum and Applied Behavioural Analysis to teach school readiness and early social skills.

In Gecko Club, your child will:

  • Learn fundamental skills needs for participation in group instruction
  • Have opportunities for parallel and associative play with other children
  • Begin to develop the early social skills needs for friendships

What skills does my child need to join Gecko Club?

The required prerequisite skills for Gecko Club include:

  • Sit in a group for at least 2 minutes
  • Speak in 2 – 3 work phrases
  • Respond to Wh- questions such as “What is it?” and “What doing?”
  • Able to follow 1-step commands in 1:1 setting
  • Early fine motor skills such as pointing, holding a marker/pencil, drawing/colouring skills
  • Early play skills such as block building and figurine play
  • Toilet trained

What key skills will be addressed?

  • Following group directions
  • Responding in a group
  • Transitioning to and from activities
  • Early worksheet skills
  • Turn-taking
  • Parallel and associative play
  • Sharing
  • Identifying emotions

How will these key skills be developed?

Gecko Club uses a combination of direct instruction, video modelling, role-playing, discrete trial teaching, and incidental teaching to product data-driven results and outcomes for your child. The key skills will be taught through a range of activities such as circle time, play centres, arts and crafts, group instructions, group games and many more.

Our program curriculum includes:

  1. MODEL ME KIDS
    An evidence-based method of instruction using video modelling to teach social skills
  2. SRA Language for Learning
    A Direct Instruction language based curriculum that teaches basic language concepts, skills and language for the classroom in a group format.

Trained Senior Behaviour Therapists provide reinforcement and corrective feedback for each child throughout the group. Data are recorded and analysed for each session to ensure that your child is making progress toward his or her goals.

Call us on 1300 752 617 to speak to an expert on our Social Skills Program

Goanna Club (6-10 years)

Transitioning to primary school and making new friends can be tricky for any child, but can be even more difficult for children with autism. Goanna Club offers a welcoming environment with individually tailored guidance to help your child learn to successfully navigate the social world.

In Goanna Club, your child will:

  • Critical skills needed to develop friendships
  • Cope with challenging social situations
  • Participate in primary school activities

What skills does my child already need?

The required prerequisite skills for Goanna Club include:

  • Sit in a group without any challenging behaviours
  • Respond to group directions
  • Be nearing age-appropriate receptive language skills
  • Emerge conversation skills
  • Have a variety of independent play skills
  • Going to the toilet independently

What key skills will be addressed?

  • Following group directions
  • Responding in a group
  • Transitioning to and from activities
  • Early worksheet skills
  • Turn-taking
  • Parallel and associative play
  • Sharing
  • Identifying emotions

How will these key skills be developed?

Using evidence-based instruction, teacher modelling, video modelling and role-playing with peers, your child will learn the critical skills needed to develop friendships, cope with challenging social situations and participate in primary school activities. Goanna Club combines Applied Behaviour Analysis, direct instruction, and incidental teaching to help your child learn new skills.

Our program curriculum includes:

  1. MODEL ME KIDS
    An evidence-based method of instruction using video modelling to teach social skills
  2. ACCEPTS Program(A Curriculum for Children’s Effective Peer and Teacher Skills)
    A direct instruction curricula that utilises step-by-step skill building to teach peer-to-peer social skills and coping skills.

Your child will pair up with other children and practice skills through a variety of fun group games and activities, with guidance from a Senior Behaviour Therapist. Data are recorded and analysed each session to ensure that each child is making progress toward his or her goals.