The Gold Foundation delivers Social Skills Programs for children and young people with Asperger Syndrome / High Functioning Autism, aged between 6 – 16 years old.
We facilitate our Social Skills Programs in small groups, dependent on the age and needs of participants. The programs run for one hour per week for 16 weeks, across two terms. The weekly sessions consist of 8-10 children of approximately the same age. Each program is delivered by two professionally trained educators who have been carefully sourced and selected.
What’s the Buzz?
This highly structured, role-play and play-based program is designed to teach children how to think socially and make friendship work. The program engages children into feeling friendship together, it encourages them to see it, taste it, smell it and laugh with each other. It connects young people and offers them the skills to belong.
What’s the Buzz? is delivered through direct teaching, role-play, quizzes and fun in the context of an encouraging group.
What’s the Buzz? is written by Mark LeMessurier & Madhavi Nawana Parker.
Central to the development of these 5 Foundations is instilling in young people the 12 ‘Habits of the Mind’ that support and foster the 5 Foundations including: Accepting Myself, Taking Risks, Being Independent, I Can Do It, Giving Effort, Working Tough, Setting Goals, Planning My Time, Being Tolerant of Others, Thinking First, Playing by the Rules, and Social Responsibility (includes the values of Caring, Doing Your Best, Freedom, Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Understanding, Tolerance, and Inclusion).
YCDI focuses on building social, emotional, and motivational capacity of young people rather than on their problems and deficits. It encourages prevention, promotion, and intervention efforts (school, home and community) in order to build the social and emotional strengths of young people – a strength building approach.
You Can Do It! – written by Professor Michael Bernard – www.youcandoiteducation.com