If you’re a mummy of a child with special needs, finding the right people to work with can be challenging.
Founded in 2019, Freedom Social Skills specialises in behavioural therapy, early intervention and social skills development, helping children and adolescents with learning difficulties and special needs, in particular those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
It’s aim is to create a fun and natural environment that supports the development of social and communication skills, and emotional regulation skills, ensuring children are learning skills which will increase their independence, social connection, and overall quality of life.
Freedom Social Skills specialises in social skill development, offering classes which help children learn to read social cues, communicate effectively with peers and adults, initiate conversations, empathise with others, and develop social problem-solving strategies independently.
Their full list of services include:
Using evidence-based & effective treatments, Freedom Social Skills assists children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities to learn new skills.
Using a play-based approach, positive reinforcement is one of the many ways the clinic ensures your child is learning new skills whilst enjoying their time in therapy.
Their Behavioural Intervention programs can help your child learn skills in the following developmental domains; Language and Communication, Social and Play, Emotional and Self-Regulation, Challenging Behaviour Reduction, Gross and Fine Motor and Academic Skills.
Services are individualised and flexible to meet the unique requirements of each family.
Social Skills Classes
Freedom Social Skills offers over 15 social classes each week. Its classes include Arts, Sports, Dungeons and Dragons and are social skills focused.
Each group focuses on teaching children and adolescents important social, communication and emotional regulation skills to allow them to build positive relationships in their community and form friendships with their peers. Therapists are trained to create a supportive, enjoyable and educational environment for all students.
Face to face and online Minecraft Groups allow students to meet with like-minded peers around Australia to play Minecraft and enjoy other social skills games. Online gaming increases motivation and takes away some of the pressure of face-to-face interaction. It is perfect for students with social anxiety, or emotional regulation challenges in group environments.
Community Access Groups
Community Access Groups are intimate and inclusive groups providing a great support system for children with Autism. Each week, they visit a variety of community locations around the Sutherland Shire to practice community independence and develop important friendship skills.
Every holiday, Freedom Social Skills offers a variety of fun activities in its welcoming clinic space. It offers LEGO, Arts, Dungeons and Dragons, Minecraft, STEM programs and Make a Movie Day. Extended care is available for those who need a full day of support for their children in a safe and supportive environment.
Freedom Social Skills is run by Clinical Director Emma, who is a Board Certified Behaivour Analyst. Emma is a Psychology Graduate with a Master’s in Education (Applied Behaviour Analysis) from Monash University.
With over eight years’ experience providing behavioural intervention to children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and those with various other special learning needs, Emma has worked with children from a variety of backgrounds. Her mission at Freedom Social Skills is to ensure that children with special needs are nurtured in a supportive and inclusive community and given equal opportunities to thrive.
To find out more about Freedom Social Skills and enquire about one of its classes, please visit online here.