COVID-19 UPDATE:

From 11.59pm on Sunday, August 2, face coverings became mandatory in regional Victoria whenever you leave home, unless you have a lawful exception. From 11.59 on Tuesday, August 4, Regional Victoria Stage 3 Restrictions are also now in place. This has meant we have made the decision to cancel all our Social Learning Interest Groups until further notice.

Social Learning Interest Groups

At ConneXtions we encourage social learning through engaging in interest groups and programs where you can enjoy a hobby and meet like-minded people. We set ourselves apart by ensuring that each one of our groups has a outcome-focused approach where you will be gaining important social skills while building worthwhile friendships and having fun.

TERM 3 Dates: Monday 20th July – Friday 25th September 2020 (Inclusive)

TERM 4 Dates: Monday, 5th October – Friday 11th December 2020 (Inclusive)

Minecraft

Everybody’s favourite computer game! This is a facilitator-led program designed to promote fun, friendship and adventure with everyone taking on different roles within the group.

Outcomes: Plan exciting and new worlds, follow along with others and make new friends. By keeping it fun, participants support each other to practise social skills, turn-taking, following and giving instructions, self-awareness, self-management and relationship skills.

Location: 3/12 Moorefield Park Drive, Wodonga

Time: Monday, 3:30pm – 4:30pm (VIC public holidays excluded)

Cost: The cost of each 10 week program will depend on selected times and individual needs. These will be discussed and confirmed as part of the registration process.

Contact: ConneXtions on 02 6024 2460

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LEGO Builders

This group is for people who are interested in building LEGO sets or may also enjoy free-building with LEGO. The group is led by an experienced LEGO master builder. We will work together as a team to develop our projects and display our creations at the end of the term.

Outcomes: Increased imaginative and creative play, giving and following instructions, working as a team, find motor control and making new friends.

Location: 3/12 Moorefield Park Drive

Time: Tuesday, between 3:30pm – 6:30pm (Individual and group time slots available based on individual needs.)

Cost: The cost of each 10 week program will depend on selected times and individual needs. These will be discussed and confirmed as part of the registration process.

Contact: ConneXtions on 02 60242 460

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LEGO Technic (Motors)

In this group we will work with LEGO Technic’s and motors to create moving LEGO. This program will interest you if you like to make machines that move! We will display our creations at the end of each term. This group is for people with an intermediate skill level in LEGO.

Outcomes: Increased imaginative and creative play, giving and following instructions, working as a team, fine motor control, creative problem solving, self-management and social awareness.

Location: 3/12 Moorefield Park Drive

Time: Wednesday, between 3.30 – 6.30. (Individual and group time slots available based on individual needs.)

Cost: The cost of each 10 week program will depend on selected times and individual needs. These will be discussed and confirmed as part of the registration process.

Contact: ConneXtions on 02 6024 2460

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LEGO SPIKE

The SPIKE group is the LEGO introduction to programming and robotics. We will tell SPIKE what to do and how to move. This group is conducted with eight participants working in pairs to build four robots. This is an advanced level of a LEGO program.

Outcomes: Increased imaginative and creative play, giving and following instructions, working as a team, fine motor control and basic programming and increased social learning, problem solving andcreative thinking.

Location: 3/12 Moorefield Park Drive

Time: Friday, between 3.30 – 6.30. (Individual and group time slots available based on individual needs.)

Cost: The cost of each 10 week program will depend on selected times and individual needs. These will be discussed and confirmed as part ofthe registration process.

Contact: ConneXtions on 02 6024 2460

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LEGO Robotics

This LEGO Robotics activity involves building a robot and programming it to perform various movements and actions using sensors and motors. This is the master level of the LEGO programs and is suitable for serious LEGO master Builders.

Outcomes: Increased imaginative and creative play, giving and following instructions, working as a team, fine motor control, creative problem solving, self-management and social awareness. Advanced programming and coding skills will be learnt.

Location: 3/12 Moorefield Park Drive

Time: Friday, between 3.30-630 (Individual and group time slots available based on individual needs.)

Registration: To register download the Expression of Interest Form, fill in and email it to intake@connextions.org.au.

Cost: The cost of each 10 week program will depend on selected times and individual needs. These will be discussed and confirmed as part ofthe registration process.

Contact: ConneXtions on 02 6024 2460

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Playing with others

This group is designed to practice playing with others. Depending on age, this may include board games, crafts, building castles, trains, slot car sets, and lots of other fun games and activites.

Outcomes: Play and interactive skills, leading and following directions, making choices, making andkeeping friends and increased fine and gross motor control.

Location: 3/12 Moorefield Park Drive

Time: Wednesday & Thursday between 3.30pm – 6:30pm

Cost: The cost of each 10 week program will depend on selected times and individual needs. These will be discussed and confirmed as part ofthe registration process.

Contact: ConneXtions on 02 6024 2460

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Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role- playing game! We have facilitators, who through rigorous training and practice, have become Dungeon Masters. These Masters develop, plan, facilitate and challenge you to work through a series of adventures in which you must work as a team to complete the quest.

Outcomes: The focus of this program is to help a group of people tell a fun and exciting story. Whether you successfully complete your adventure or not, the important thing is that everyone has had a good time and you contribute to creating a story that everyone is going to remember. Join in the fun, friendship, social and imaginative play and increase social competience, learning and expand your knowledge and practice theory of mind.

Location: 3/12 Moorefield Park Drive

Time: Monday, 4.45pm – 6.15 pm (Excluding VIC public holidays.)

Cost: The cost of each 10 week program will depend on selected times and individual needs. These will be discussed and confirmed as part ofthe registration process

Contact: ConneXtions on 02 6024 2460

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Circus Arts

A circus artist and performer who travels the world to perform amazing routines has been recruited to share their skills and knowledge with you! This program will include swings, floor work, ropes, climbing, twirling, flipping and much more.

Outcomes: : Having fun, making friends, increasing social skills, turn-taking, following instructions, increased fine and gross motor skills, sensory and emotional regulation and development of acrobatic skills.

Location: 3/12 Moorefield Park Drive

Time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, between 3:30pm – 6:30pm. (Individual and group time slots available based on individual needs.)

Cost: The cost of this activity will depend on spaces available , session times and individual needs. All costs will be confirmed as part of the registration process.

Contact: ConneXtions on 02 6024 2460

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Art and Drama

Run by local artists these sessions will provide an opportunity for you to explore your creative side using a range of visual and expressive mediums including; sculpturing, painting and contemporary mixed media to name a few! The focus will depend on your area of interest and creative desires.

Outcomes: Developing artistic and creative skills, working with others, meeting new people, making friends and having fun.

Location: 3/12 Moorefield Park Drive

Time: Wednesday, between 3:30pm – 6:30pm (Individual and group time slots available based on individual needs.)

Cost: This is a 10 week program and individual and groups options are available. The cost will depend on availability and on individual needs which will be discussed as part of the registration process.

Contact: ConneXtions on 02 6024 2460

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Music & Drumming

Do you love music? Want to learn to play the guitar or sing or even play the drums? This group will invite you to express your creative side through music covering all the above and more!

Outcomes: Have fun, meet new people, develop music skills, and even improve your gross and fine motor skills and performance skills when working as a group.

Location: 3/12 Moorefield Park Drive

Time: Monday’s 3.30 pm – 6.30 pm (Individual and group time slots available based on individual needs.)

Cost: The cost of each 10 week program will depend on selected times and individual needs. These will be discussed and confirmed as part ofthe registration process.

Contact: ConneXtions on 02 6024 2460

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SECRET AGENT SOCIETY

Help empower your child to feel happier, calmer and braver At the end of the SAS Small Group Program, your junior detective will graduate as a ‘secret agent’, armed with the social and emotional tools they need to recognise emotions in themselves and others, express their feelings, in appropriate ways, talk and play with others, solve friendship problems, and cope with change and deal with bullying.

Age: 8 – 13 years

Learn skills – Have fun – Build friendships

Location: 3/12 Moorefield Park Drive

Time: Wednesday or Thursday, between 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Cost: Cost of the program will be discussed and confirmed at time of registration and will depend on individual needs.

Contact: ConneXtions on 02 6024 2460

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PEERS® FOR TEENS (12 to 18 years)

PEERS Teens targets topics and issues particularly relevant to 12 – 18 year olds.

Teens and their parents will attend 18 weeks of group sessions for 90 minutes per week. During the program

participants will be exposed to a range of skills and topics, including:

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills
  • How to choose appropriate friends
  • How to appropriately use electronic forms of communication
  • How to appropriately use humour and assess humor feedback
  • How to start, enter and exit conversations between peers
  • How to organize successful get-togethers with friends
  • How to be a good sport when playing games/sports with friends
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements with friends and in relationships
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, bullying, rumours/gossip, and cyber-bullying
  • How to change a bad reputation.

Teen Expectations

The PEERS participant will need to:

  • Be comfortable to attend a small group setting
  • Be open to having a youth coach work with them
  • Be willing to have at least one parent attend the
  • program
  • Be clear about what you want to achieve through
  • participating in the program

Teen Parent Expectations

The PEERS Parents will need to:

  • Be willing to attend a separate session at the same
  • time as your son and/or daughter
  • Be open to being taught how to assist and support
  • their teen both during and following the program.
  • Be clear about what you as a family member want
  • to achieve by participating in this program

For more information visit the PEERS page.

Day/Time: Tuesday, 4.00pm – 5.30 pm

Start Date: Tuesday, 21 July 2020
Contact: ConneXtions on 02 6024 2460

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PEERS® FOR YOUNG ADULTS (18 to 35 years)

PEERS for Young Adults is for those who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends. During each group session, young adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills.

Before starting the program each participant attends a one on one evaluation session. During the session we will ensure the program is right for you and the goals you are working towards. Young adults attend sessions with their social coaches (including parents or other caregivers). During the 18 week program participants will be discover and be engaged in topics, including:

  • Developing and maintaining friendships
  • Conversational skills
  • Entering and exiting conversations
  • Appropriate use of electronic forms of communication
  • Using humour
  • Organising successful get-togethers with friends
  • Dating etiquette
  • Handling arguments and disagreements with friends
  • Rejection, teasing, bullying, and rumours/gossip.

Young Adult Expectations :

The PEERS participant will need to:

  • Be comfortable to attend a small group setting
  • Be open to having a social coach work with them
  • Be willing to have at least one parent attend the program
  • Be clear about what you want to achieve through participating in the program

Social Coach Expectations

  • Be willing to attend a separate session at the same time as your son and/or daughter
  • Be open to being taught how to assist and support their young adult both during and following the program.
  • Be clear about what you as a family member want to achieve by participating in this program.

For more information visit the PEERS page.

Day/Time: Thursday, 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Start Date: Start Date: Thursday, 23 July 2020
Contact: ConneXtions on 02 6024 2460

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