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What's the Buzz? Early Learners

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

By Mark Le Messurier and Madhavi Nawana Parker

Ages 5 – 9 years


What’s the Buzz is a 16 lesson highly structured, role-play and play-based program that is designed to teach children how to think socially and make friendship work.

The program engages children into feeling friendship together, it connects young people and offers them the skills to belong.

Who is it for?

It is for ALL children, and particularly for those who struggle to make friends, to fit in socially and to smoothly navigate their social and emotional worlds.

What’s the Buzz? has proven particularly helpful for children identified with:

  • Autism

  • ADHD and ADD

  • Specific Learning Difficulties

  • Language Disorder

  • Non Verbal Learning Disorder

  • Auditory Processing Disorder; and,

  • Anxiety difficulties.

Course Outline

What’s the Buzz is held over a 16 week period over 2 Terms. Each unit/session runs for 45 minutes. Each session has a number of required resources, which will be provided along with folders, course material and information sheets for both the young people and the parents.

Course Units

Lesson 1: Meeting friends and discovering differences

Lesson 2: Joining in

Lesson 3: Sharing and Taking Turns

Lesson 4: Cooperation

Lesson 5: Waiting

Lesson 6: Making it better

Lesson 7: Winning and Losing Gracefully

Lesson 8: Fact or Opinion – Staying friendly over different ideas

Lesson 9: Working with Feelings

Lesson 10: Angry Feelings

Lesson 11: Building healthy bodies, happy minds, steady feelings

Lesson 12: Honesty – Telling the Truth

Lesson 13: Saying “No” – being assertive

Lesson 14: Empathy

Lesson 15: Worry – knowing about it and dealing with it

Lesson 16: Time to say goodbye

Group Numbers

What’s the Buzz program for Early Learners is run for children aged between 5 and 9. Each child’s developmental age needs to be taken into consideration when deciding who would be a good candidate for this course.

Each group has a maximum of 8 students with a 4-1 student facilitator ratio.


Cost is $997 (for non-NDIS participants) or $1197 (NDIS participants) for the complete program (16 sessions over 2 terms).

It is possible to claim NDIS funding for young people who are self-managed or plan-managed.

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