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imagination club 

Our primary school mentoring program ‘I CAN Imagination Club®’ is a program for students who are Autistic, or who have learning differences or experience social anxiety. The program can be used by a school to engage a broader range of primary students. ‘I CAN Imagination Clubs – for students with big imaginations’

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

Albert Einstein

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WHERE

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. 

HOW

Participants for the program are determined by each schools appointed teacher or supervisor. Programs run weekly or fortnightly for 45 mins to 75 minutes, across 16 (or less) sessions throughout the course of a school year.

WHO 

Two I CAN Mentors (Network Leader and Mentor), facilitate each session, one of whom is on the Autism Spectrum. *All I CAN Staff hold current Working with Children’s Checks. Each session must be supervised by at least one VIT (or relevant state jurisdiction) registered teacher. 

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primary school program

Each session is designed to develop optimism, belonging, confidence and emotional literacy in the students to help them channel their strengths and develop resilience to their challenges. 

During the sessions, our mentors avoid the term ‘Autism’ and the language which surrounds Autism due to the fact that many families are yet to disclose diagnoses or are in the middle of a diagnostic process.

Inter-school programs are also available where multiple schools come together from the same region to form a group. This option works particularly well in regional areas. Our program modules include: 

 

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TEAMWORK

Students get to know each through identifying the necessary components of an effective team and the value of what each individual has to offer. 

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Listening & compromise

Students are upskilled in capacities for listening and compromise through activities and social engagement and personal growth. 

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Communication & public speaking

Students are encouraged to share what specific areas of communication they find difficult as well as helpful strategies for navigating concentration, conversation and public speaking.

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Emotional Literacy

Students are given practical advice on how to best navigate their personal emotional landscapes. Emotional literacy is explored here through the I CAN Imagination mascot: ‘Cam the Chameleon’.

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Team projects

Students work together on creative projects which can be exhibited at the Imagination Club’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 staff. 

Areas served: Greater Melbourne, South West Victoria, Goulburn Murray Victoria, Brisbane Queensland, South East Queensland, North Coast Queensland

How to access: Interested schools can write to us at mentoring@icannetwork.com.au 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 introduction 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.

testimonials

  • 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.”  

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