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Sydney's Social Skills Program
Lizard Centre offers group programs which teach socialization and reciprocal forms of play. Children are carefully grouped by age and ability and range from typically developing children experiencing difficulty in master social skills to those with specific diagnoses.
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In Sydney’s Lizard Centre, there is a social skills group called Goanna Club
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:
- 29 January 2019
- 24 July 2019
- 15 October 2019
Each program within 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.
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
- Parallel and associative play
- 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.
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.