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What's the Buzz? Teens

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

By Mark Le Messurier and Madhavi Nawana Parker

Ages 12 – 16 years


What’s the Buzz for older students is designed to awaken self-awareness, owning responsibility, respectful problem-solving and the development of resilient and resourceful attitudes in young adolescents.

The program presents a range of conversations about what really matters as young people experience this important life transition.

Who is it for?

It is for ALL young people, 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 60 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: The ins and outs of friendships

Lesson 2: What is a friend?

Lesson 3: Getting attention

Lesson 4: Wellbeing and social media

Lesson 5: Empathy

Lesson 6: Resilience

Lesson 7: Dealing with disappointment (loss and grief)

Lesson 8: Handling anxiety

Lesson 9: Responding to dominating behaviours

Lesson 10: Being hurt, trolled or abused online

Lesson 11: Relationships, feedback and compliments

Lesson 12: Effective listening

Lesson 13: Competition, winning and losing

Lesson 14: Charity; acts of kindness

Lesson 15: Perseverance

Lesson 16: Self-identity

Parent Sessions

There will be a parent information session held prior to the commencement of the course and regular communication with parents throughout the course.

Group Numbers

What’s the Buzz program for older students is run for children aged between 12 and 16. Each young person’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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