You could say something like: “I/we think it would be a really positive and helpful thing for you to join the Confident Kids or Teens group. Larne teaches a small group of kids how to build confidence and feel brave”. Some other ideas include –
Sometimes children and teens are reluctant to join a group. They are often concerned about participating with other children they don’t know. Some children are anxious about the unknown and what the group involves. We find that after the first session, concerns or worries have been replaced with a positive attitude towards the group.
The Confident Kids program is an early intervention program for children and teens. The focus is on well-being, emotional health and helping kids understand the way their minds work. Confident Kids fosters children’s problem-solving ability, goal setting and social behaviours.
The Confident Kids and Teens program incorporates 35 learning objectives into fun and engaging activities to help kids and teens develop 5 core social and emotional competencies including self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. Teaching strategies and techniques are drawn from the well-researched theory and practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness practice.
The Confident Kids and Teens Program is delivered in a developmentally appropriate manner across three levels:- Level 1: 5 – 7yrs Level 2: 8 -11yrs Level 3: 11+ yrs
Each session consists of three parts:
Sessions are designed to be interesting and enjoyable for children but also to challenge them. Each session includes lots of fun activities such as role play to practice new skills, group circle time, music, games and activity sheets. There is frequent praise and helpful feedback from the facilitator and other group members about each child’s behavior.
For your child
The Confident Kids and Teens program differs from other programs in that it is tailored to the unique needs of each child rather than a one size fits all model, groups are kept purposefully small to ensure lots of individual attention for each child, is an evidence-based program incorporating the latest research findings and the program consistently delivers results so that kids and teens learn to succeed…
Kids and teens progress through the program in many ways. There is no magic wand to change behaviour instantly and it’s important that your expectations about your child’s progress are realistic. You may notice a subtle difference in their mood, there may be a decrease in the frequency and intensity of the behaviours or symptoms that you were concerned about, or they may try something they had previously been afraid to try. As each child is different the ways in which they make progress will also be different.
Yes, it’s really important to let me know by email or before the group commences if there is an issue that you would like some help with or that you think needs to be discussed. Sometimes the children are not comfortable bringing up these things so if you can let me know I can address it.
Research suggests that the outcomes of social and emotional resiliency programs, such as Confident Kids, are limited without the involvement of a child’s major social support, their family. Therefore, it is essential that parents are involved to ensure home activities are completed and key skills are practiced at home after each session.
Parents are involved in the program in the following ways:
Yes, here are a few books addressing a range of issues.
Handbook of Interventions That Work with Children and Adolescents: Prevention and Treatment. Edited by Paula M. Barrett and Thomas H. Ollendick Blame my Brain – The Amazing Teenage Brain by Nicola Morgan
Toxic Childhood by Sue Palmer
Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel
Raising and emotionally intelligent child by John Gottman
He’ll be ok – growing gorgeous boys into good men by Celia Lashlie
The Princess Bitchface Syndrome by Michael Carr-Gregg
Tough Boris by Mem Fox
Handbook of Resilience in Children by Sam Goldstein and Robert B. Brooks
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