How (and why) to be a Secret Agent 

October 6, 2021 in Awareness Events

Know a child who’s struggling to make friends or keep them? 

Have you seen them react quickly and strongly to a change in routine? 

Do they struggle with being overwhelmed by some sensory experiences?  

Are you concerned they might be being bullied, but not fully understanding it? 

Changes in routine, new friends, sensory experiences or activities can be challenging for any child. For neurodiverse children, (like those with ADHD, High Functioning Autism or other developmental differences), their experience can add an extra layer of challenge. There are so many skills, social and emotional, that come naturally to some, and are more challenging for neurodiverse children to develop.  

That’s why we become Cadets of the Secret Agent Society (SAS). It achieves a few important things in one go. From our very first session at the academy, we’re part of a group. More importantly, we’re part of a special group, full of other Cadets, facing challenges similar to our own. Together, we learn gadgets like the O2 Regulator and Helpful Thought Missiles we’ve shared in our blogs before.  

We become our very best Secret Agents when we’ve worked together to learn secret codes and practice using tools. SAS is a fun and interactive program, like mixing up “friendship formulas” in test tubes and practicing O2 Regulators with water bubbles – as a way of teaching essential skills. This allows the Cadets to go out into the world and use their O2 Regulator when they’re overwhelmed by a busy setting or a new sensation. They can practice the friendship formulas when they’re not sure who’s trying to be their friend, or why they’re confused about someone not being very nice.  

Actively learning these skills helps Cadets go out with the secret, special knowledge and skills of a trained Secret Agent. It’s an exciting program, and it makes a huge different to school, play and home settings for neurodiverse children. When parents and teachers learn the codes, tools and secret missions with the cadets, Secret Agents become unstoppable forces as they are equipped with the knowledge of how to make and keep friends, regulate reactions and reduce overwhelm.

Find out more about the SAS group here!