Social Connections (Skills) Programs

Please ask us about our Social Skills groups / services provided under the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) early intervention package.

Our Social Connections programs can be held in school or community settings, in the Northern Victorian region, by request.

We currently offer the following program topics (which are adapted to the suit the developmental stage of participants):

Program 1: Recognising, Understanding and Managing Emotions

After reflecting on the positive aspects of ‘who I am’, participants begin to identify and examine different emotions and learn about the signals that our bodies provide in relation to recognising these emotions. Participants then explore different practical skills and strategies for self-managing their emotions in everyday situations.

Program 2: Conversation Skills, Play/Hanging out

Participants explore the parts of conversation (including when and how to engage, and the skill of listening) before then transferring the basics of conversation to the environments of play or ‘hanging out’.

Program 3: Healthy Friendships / Relationships

Participants examine what is involved in being a part of a friendship or relationship, and explore the kinds of interactions, and ‘decisions’ and responsibilities that come with being in a friendship / relationship.

Program 4: Negotiation & Co-operation, Getting along with Others

Participants explore the concepts of compromise and co-operation, and explore skills and strategies to help better manage these challenging aspects of being with others.

Program 5: Managing Change & Transitions (promoting independence) Skills for Life                        (recommended for participants aged 12 years and older)

Approaching the management of change and transition from a participant’s perspective (as a life skill), participants explore the potential impact of change on their lives, and strategies for helping themselves better manage transitions and change. The topic has an overall focus on balance and wellbeing, and promotes independence.

Program 6: Managing the Classroom and School Work

Participants examine what it means to be part of a class group and explore ways to participate meaningfully in the educational setting, developing ideas and strategies for personal success. Sensory experiences are also touched on, helping participants to gain an understanding of how they can self manage sensory processing in the classroom.

Program 7: Understanding Unwritten Social Rules

Participants explore the meaning behind many of the ‘unwritten social rules’ that exist in our society – focussing on common expectations and situations, this program has the potential to open up opportunities for friendship and success where misunderstandings and conflict have occurred in the past.

Program 8: Using Social Media Safely

Participants explore the world of Social Media in terms of ‘keeping yourself safe and protected’ and engaging in responsible interactions that ensure the wellbeing of themselves and others.

This program is aimed at participants aged 13 and over – due to legal restrictions around the use of Social Media for people of a younger age.

Program 9: Understanding other People’s Viewpoints

Participants examine common clues and signs that indicate how another person might be thinking or feeling in different situations. They then explore strategies to help them recognise and understand other people’s ideas and viewpoints – focussing on skills to potentially build positive relationships and success where previously misunderstandings and conflict have occurred.


Each of the separate programs that we offer can be delivered over 8 sessions or 16 sessions (usually within a school term):

8 Session Option (1 session per week over 8 weeks)

Structured practical sessions that support participants in gaining an understanding of social concepts and that assist them in developing skills and strategies to manage social situations and their responses to the ‘world around them’. Role modelling and peer support are considered valuable aspects of the program.

16 Session Option (2 sessions per week over 8 weeks)

Offers a more in-depth approach to the 8 session program, with greater opportunity for reinforcement of learning and practise of skills – recommended for participants who would benefit from focussed support and assistance.

Please contact us for the most up to date information on individual program costs.

Find out more about our approach to social skills learning