Translating Research into Psychological Practice

Secret Agent Society

The Secret Agent Society is a specialized skill-building curriculum developed for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism age 8-12. Since that time, the SAS program has been shown to be effective with a number of children who experience problems with emotional regulation and social interactions. 

  • Skills developed include:
  • Recognizing facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language in others.
  • Recognizing and coping with feelings of anxiety and frustration.
  • How to start, maintain, and end conversations.
  • How to develop friendships.
  • ​How to play and interact socially with others.
  • How to tell the difference between friendly joking and destructive teasing.
  • How to manage bullying.
  • How to cope with making mistakes.
  • How to handle new situations and ask for help when needed.

The SAS program combines real-world practice with in-session activities and video game based drills to provide generalization of new skills to everyday experiences. 

At this time, SAS is being offered individually as a 9-session, weekly program including parent and teacher consultation.