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What's the Buzz? Primary

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

By Mark Le Messurier and Madhavi Nawana Parker

Ages 9 – 12 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

  • 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 people and exiting

Lesson 2: Getting attention

Lesson 3: Following instruction

Lesson 4: Being friendly

Lesson 5: Competition, winning and losing

Lesson 6: Identifying feelings

Lesson 7: Feelings and the warning signs

Lesson 8: Feelings and thinking positively

Lesson 9: Feelings and ideas to create

Lesson 10: Empathy, responding to others

Lesson 11: Handling worry

Lesson 12: Dealing with disappointment

Lesson 13: Responding to bullying

Lesson 14: he connecting art of conversation

Lesson 15: Learning to ‘fit in’

Lesson 16: Giving and receiving compliments

Group Numbers

What’s the Buzz program for primary students is run for children aged between 9 and 12. 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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