“Social Skills” is a buzz word we have to use so that you will find us in a search. What we teach in this class is in fact communication or what we like to call “non-autistic language”. It is the ONLY course of its kind. The idea that Autistic children and adults lack social skills was an inaccurate one. Current research shows that Autistic people have a social communication unique to us. Just like non-autistic people do. Our skills are not faulty or deficient but are just different to the majority of typical people. 

Our social skills classes online for Autistic children do not approach teaching non-autistic social skills as the gold standard. Instead we give children and young people opportunities to explore their own communication, make new friends and learn how to advocate for themselves and to interpret non-autistic language and culture.

What makes our social skills course unique?

-it has been designed by Evaleen, founder of Konfident Kidz and AUsome Training .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 and has found much of her experience in growing up is reflected in other adults in the community.
  • This course respects the different ways Autistic children communicate.
  • This course respects the different learning systems that children have.
  • This autism course for kids is designed so that children have fun while they are learning in a way that suits them.
  • It is taught through movement, discussion and practice and activity.

Our Konnect Program has been running in Cork since 2015 and it has received great feedback. We are now running these autism social skills classes online.

How it works:

Choose your preferred class time and we will send you a link to join the class on zoom closer to the start date.

What kind of things do we teach?

Our courses cover :

  • 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”

Now Enrolling for 18th Sept 2021

DayVenueTimeAge group
Saturdayonline 9.30am to 10.10am GMT5 to 8 years
Saturdayonline10.20am to 11am GMT9 to 12 years
Saturdayonline11.10am to 11.50 am GMT5 to 8 years
Saturdayonline12 noon to 12.40pm GMT9 to 12 years
Saturdayonline1pm to 1.40pm GMT13 to 15 years
Saturdayonline2.20pm to 3pm GMT16 to 18 years
Wednesdayonline3.30pm to 4pm GMT5 to 8 years
Wednesdayonline4.10pm to 4.50 pm GMT9 to 12 years
Wednesdayonline5 pm to 5.40pm GMT13 to 15 years
Wednesdayonline6 pm to 6.40pm GMT16 to 18 years

Class Pricing

250per 12 week course

Classes starting 18th Sept 2021

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 €15 admin fee.