I CAN imagination club®
For students with ‘big imaginations’!
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Our primary school mentoring program, ‘I CAN Imagination Club®’ is for students who have learning differences and/or experience social anxiety. It is not an Autism-specific program to engage a broad range of students.
Participants do not need a diagnosis of any sort in order to join and benefit from the I CAN Imagination Club®. They are invited to take part because of their ‘big imaginations’. In contrast to our high school program, which is Autism-specific, mentors in our Imagination Club program don’t explicitly discuss Autism. I CAN Imagination Club® offers a safe, engaging environment where students are encouraged to recognise and celebrate their own strengths. Each session is designed to support students in developing optimism, belonging, confidence and resilience.
Inter-school programs are also available in which multiple schools come together from the same region to form a group. This option works particularly well in regional areas. See our current regions.
Two I CAN Mentors facilitate each session. All I CAN staff hold valid Working with Children’s Checks or Blue Cards. Each session must be supervised by a school staff member.
Participants for the program are determined by each school’s teacher supervisor. The program involves 8 – 16 group mentoring sessions which run weekly or fortnightly for 1 hour.
I CAN Imagination Club® can be implemented in any school setting. Schools decide, in conversation with I CAN staff, on an appropriate space to run the program within the school (e.g classroom or library), or online.
PRIMARY SCHOOL MODULES
Students are given practical advice on how to best navigate their personal emotional landscapes. Emotional literacy is explored through the I CAN Imagination Club® mascot: ‘Cam the Chameleon’.
Listening & compromise
Students build their skills in listening and compromise through group activities, social engagement and personal growth.
Communication & public speaking
Students are encouraged to share what specific areas of communication they find challenging as well as helpful strategies for social interactions and public speaking.
Students get to know each through identifying the necessary components of an effective team and the value of what each individual has to offer.
Students work together on creative projects which can be exhibited at the program’s end of year celebration.
how to access i can schools
What we offer: We offer weekly one hour group mentoring sessions for up to 16 Autistic students in both primary and high schools. Our packages also include educational talks for students and parents as well as professional development workshops for school staff.
I CAN Schools Online: We also offer an online version of our successful face-to-face program. See this leaflet for more details.
Areas currently served: Greater Melbourne, South West Victoria, Goulburn Murray Victoria, Brisbane Queensland, South East Queensland, North Coast Queensland. *Our areas are constantly expanding so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you aren’t within the areas listed.
How to access: Interested schools can write to us at [email protected] for program details, prices and packages. For families who are keen to bring our program to their young person’s school, we recommend starting with hosting an I CAN presenter on campus for an introductory presentation. We can also provide tailored templates and information for parents/carers to use for approaching school leadership who might not be familiar with our programs.
Annette – Parent of student at Coburg West Primary School
“Our daughter seems more confident after each session. We feel that our daughter has become a more confident in the way she approaches life despite still having many stumbling blocks. I was so happy when we were advised that this program is going to be running at CWPS. I think it is a great program for children on the spectrum.”
Anthony Michielin – Mackellar Primary School
“Having the program has allowed me to sit and watch children become confident in areas that is outside their comfort zone. My approach to my teaching has definitely changed to better cater for a child with Autism. Mackellar PS is a safe place for children with disabilities, but this has given children that participated the confidence to talk to others about how they feel and the vehicle for some parents to talk to their children about Autism.”
Steve Crossley – Principal Portland Bay Primary School
“Our students really connected with the Imagination Club and made strong bonds with students from other schools and the mentors from I CAN. They always looked forward to the sessions and enjoyed sharing their experiences with their peers and their families. The Imagination Club was a very positive experience for our students.”