Life long Coping Skills
Children learn life long coping skills including :
A range of Mindfulness Meditations and Strategies
Positive Psychology exercises
Techniques to lessen worrying
A range of practical and expressive coping strategies
Problem solving strategies
Journalling and expressing worries
Facing challenges and fears step by step
Preventative strategies to help prevent stress build up
Being attuned to their own bodies and minds
Understanding and recognising their own feelings
Being in the flow and enjoying more of the present moment
Basic theory on Mindfulness and how it affects the brain and lessens stress and anxiety.
The different ways to practice Mindfulness and integrate it into their lives.
Their feelings and how this relates to anxiety and stress levels.
Understanding the stress response.
Understanding triggers for stress and how to calm down when feeling stressed.
About the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety and learn how to self regulate.
Worrying and how it affects their happiness.
Different types of thinking that increase anxiety or lessen anxiety.
Creating a balanced lifestyle including lots of chill out time and being in the flow.
The Aims of the Program
To minimise the symptoms of anxiety and stress
To build emotional resilience
To empower children to self-manage their anxiety
To teach children Mindfulness exercises they can use for life
To build a reservoir of strength to enable children to cope with life more effectively
To minimise anxiety symptoms occurring in the future
For children to use a range of effective coping strategies
Teaches children how to self-calm
To develop emotional intelligence skills
Teaches children life long skills to manage stress and prevent stress build up
Supports children so they know they are not alone with suffering from anxiety
Peaceful Kids is an 8 week program for a small group of primary aged or secondary school children held at a school or a private organisation led by a Peaceful Kids trained leader.
A group of 4 to 6 children participate each week over an 8 week period.
Sessions are for approximately 1 hour each week.
Sessions include learning a range of mindfulness strategies and meditations, effective coping strategies and positive psychology exercises.
Children learn a new meditation each week and then practice at home on a daily basis.
Peaceful Kids is based on evidence based therapy and research from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR), Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiBCT), Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
The Peaceful Kids program is endorsed by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES)
Peaceful Kids was researched through the Murdoch University for Beyond Blue - Be You, and has now been approved as an evidence based school program. Research has also been conducted through EACH on both the Peaceful Kids and Peaceful Parents program, and evaluated by Save the Children for their 'Cool for School' Program.