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DYNAMIC SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS for kids, teens and alults, 
COUNSELLING for yo, ASSESSMENTS AND WORKSHOPS

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Science Experiments is a five-week Term 3 program offered to our Junior and Advanced Boys groups. To find out about our program dates and how to enrol, click on the image on the left. 

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Girls Club is a five-week Term 3 program offered to our mixed aged girls group.  This program is for girls that may prefer a learning pace that offers repetition, ample practice and lots of visuals to help their learning.  To find out about our program dates and how to enrol, click on the image on the left. 

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The Friendship Saver Girls Group program will commence in Term 2 and run over 10 weeks ending in mid Term 3. This program was written by Connie Buckingham and initially developed for girls in an all-girls school. The themes covered will examine emotional literacy, friendship dynamics and skills for managing conflict with peers independently, with resilience and care for others.  Click on the image on the left for dates and details. 

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The Escape Room Series is a five-week Term 3 program offered to our mixed gender teen group.  This term, our participants will be working on a group project, designing and building an escape room.  To find out about the program dates and how to enrol, click on the image on the left. 

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The Meet Club is our Adult Social Skills Group, now in its 4th year.  The Meet Club provides adults with an opportunity to meet other like minded individuals in a relaxed atmosphere, eat together, and strategically discuss and examine advanced social skills that are otherwise unspoken.  As a group, we support one another to unpack complex themes, and practice strategies learnt.  

To provide continuity of care, our programs are offered to current participants prior to opening enrolments to new participants.  In the meanwhile, new participants can join our wait list, accessible via the yellow button below.

At the Social Learning Studio we specialise in social learning in groups.

Social skills groups within the clinic are designed for children with high functioning autism, the shy, the anxious, the high tempered, the lonely, the bullied, and even the over enthusiastic. 

Social learning is layered with levels of simplicity (as required in early childhood), to complex and sophisticated skills (as those required in adolescence and adulthood).  For this reason, we offer a range of programs to support and encourage ongoing social learning across the life span.  In order to provide a continuity of care, individuals that join our practice have ongoing access to our program, with programs changing each term to reflect the changing developmental needs of our participants.  

All of our programs are research based, and many of the programs are built upon Connie's PhD candidature research of which the focus is social and emotional learning programs and the processing of social information. 

Connie's programs can be referred to as 'Dynamic' social skills group programs, designed with the initial goal to engage the participants (primed for learning), equip individuals with explicit social concepts (understanding why abstract and otherwise obscure social rules exist), and provide real-life opportunities for participants to apply the skills discussed.  Skills are then consolidated (promoting transference) through practice and ongoing exposure and experience.
In 2015 Connie contributed to the Swinburne University Autism MOOC (Mass Open Online Course).  This is a free online resource for individuals with autism and their families, educators and specialists. 

To access the full resource, click on the link
Swinburne Autism MOOC.   As part of this resource, Connie spoke about 'Dynamic Groups' - the groups run at The Social Learning Studio.  Click on the video below to hear about 'Dynamic Group' programs.

In 2015 Connie contributed to the Swinburne University Autism MOOC (Mass Open Online Course).  This is a free online resource for individuals with autism and their families, educators and specialists.  

To access the full resource, click on the link Swinburne Autism MOOC.  As part of this resource, Connie spoke about 'Dynamic Groups' - the groups run at The Social Learning Studio.  Click on the video below to hear about 'Dynamic Group' programs.