“Social Skills” is a buzz word we have to use so that you will find us in a search. What we teach in this experience is in fact communication or what we like to call “non-autistic language”. It is the ONLY course of its kind.

What makes this unique?

-it has been designed by Evaleen, founder of Konfident Kidz. Evaleen is autistic and has developed this course to teach children a language used by non-autistic people.

  • Evaleen designed this course based on her own experience of growing up, she has included what she feels will help children best to understand and respond to other people around them.
  • Evaleen is also very much involved in the Autistic Community in Ireland and has found much of her experience in growing up is reflected in other adults in the community.
  • This course respects the different ways children with ASD communicate
  • This course respects the different learning systems that children with ASD have.
  • This experience is designed so that children have fun while they are learning in a way that suits them.
  • It is taught through movement and practice and activity.

Our Konnect Program has been running since 2015 and it has received great feedback.

How it works:

Choose your venue and preferred time but please note that on week 1 we will meet all the children signed up for that venue and group them into 2/3 groups for their next 11 weeks. The time you sign up for may change depending on the group your child is allocated. Therefore please keep 45 mins on either side of that time free in your timetable so that you can make the time of the class given out on week 1.

What kind of things do we teach?

For 5-12years we teach kids about :

  • All about me
  • How to self-advocate
  • Body Language
  • Conversations
  • Teamwork
  • Figurative use of language
  • How other use their voices to communicate feeling
  • Basic Introductions & interactions
  • Vocal Volume
  • Clever words to choose
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Developing Good Friendships not just friendships
  • Sarcasm
  • Relaxation Exercises
  • Non-Verbal Communication (besides body language)
  • Recognising “social mistakes”
  • Coping with “social mistakes”

2018 / 2019 Konnect Communication Class Timetable

DayVenueTimeAge group
SaturdayBallincollig2.15 pm5 to 12 years
SaturdayBallincollig3.15pm5 to 12 years

Class Pricing

250per 12 week course

Deposit €125 with balance due in Sept

  • Course 1 – Sept to Dec
  • Course 2 – Jan to Jun
  • 10% discount off this class or any of our other classes for the second and each subsequent child from the same family
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He's opening up more, talking about his feelings. He now tells us stories from school and elaborates on his school day.

Mohammad, 8

She turned into a chatterbox since starting the program.

Alice, 12

His teachers have even commented on the change in him. He is volunteering more information in school.

Mark, 5 1/2

His resource teacher found the handouts really useful.

Ryan, 6

We had never signed Matthew up for any class or group previously and a friend recommended Konfident Kidz Konnect Communication Course for children on the spectrum. We were delighted that from the very first day Matthew showed great enthusiasm for it, loved the fact that he had some new friends that he would see each week at class and enjoyed interacting with his teacher and peers. Matthew would not have been confident socially but since joining we have noticed a new self confidence in him when interacting with peers, family and even socially with strangers. We do feel that aspects of the Course such as Reading Social Cues, Facial Expressions, and Expres-sive/Figurative Language all helped Matthew to unlock his potential and it's a testament to the class and teachers and students that Matthew kept signing up for a new class when the previous one fin-ished! We'd happily recommend this to any child on the spectrum who needs a little help with their communication skills.

Matthew, age 7

Children do not need a diagnosis to attend our Konnect Program.

Please read this before signing up

Children learn non-autistic communication or language directly from our teachers, not from the children in the class. Pupils learn together and practise with one another. It’s important to us that every child is respected for their input in this experience. It has saddened us greatly in the past when parents removed children from our classes after one day because they felt the other children were not suitable learning companions. We do ask that our methods, group structures and children are respected by everyone, at all times. We have seen many beautiful friendships blossom between children in our classes, this is a wonderful thing!

**** The onus cannot always be on the autistic child or adult to learn non-autistic language and culture. We also run a course for parents and professionals who would like to learn more about their children’s way of communicating.

What happens if my child doesn’t take to the class?
We give everyone 2 weeks to see if they like the class. If not we offer a refund for remainder of term less 20% admin fee.