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Strong Kids

The Strong Kids programs are brief and practical social-emotional learning curricula that were designed for the purpose of teaching social and emotional skills, promoting resilience, strengthening assets, and increasing coping skills of children and early adolescents. Two version of Strong Kids are available. Strong Kids-Grades 3-5 is designed specifically for use with children in intermediate elementary grades (3-5), or approximately ages 8-12. Strong Kids-Grades 6-8 is designed for use with middle school age students (those in grades 6-8), or about ages 12-14. These programs are aimed at both prevention and early intervention, and have a wide range of applications. Strong Kids may be used effectively with high functioning, typical, at-risk, or emotionally-behaviorally disordered students in a variety of settings.

The two Strong Kids programs have a similar curriculum structure. Both include 12 lessons, which take approximately 45 to 55 minutes each to teach, and may be conducted by a teacher or mental health professional such as a counselor of psychologist. Students find these lessons to be engaging and fun, and they benefit from the integrated behavioral, affective, and cognitive approach that is taken to introduce and master key concepts. The 12
Strong Kids lessons are listed as follows, along with their main purpose:

Lesson Number and Title Main Purpose
1. About Strong Kids:
     Emotional Strength Training
Introduce students to the Strong Kids curriculum
2. Understanding Your Feelings 1 Teach students to identify comfortable
and uncomfortable feelings, and to
increase their emotional vocabulary
3. Understanding Your Feelings 2 Focus on appropriate ways to express
various feelings
4. Dealing With Anger Teach students to understand and
manage anger, using a four-step
cognitive-behavioral model
5. Understanding Other
    People's Feelings
Development of empathy skills, or ability to identify feelings that other people may have
6. Clear Thinking 1 Teach students strategies to identify negative and maladaptive thinking patterns and common thinking errors
7. Clear Thinking 2 Techniques for dispelling irrational negative thoughts and replacing them with more realistic and constructive cognitions
8. The Power of Positive Thinking Teach students more strategies to offset negative thinking styles, and to use an optimistic style of approaching problems
9. Solving People Problems Teach students to solve interpersonal problems and deal with conflicts effectively and without violence
10. Letting Go of Stress How to identify stressors, cognitive and behavioral strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and worries
11. Behavior Change:
      Setting Goals and
      Staying Active
Teach students basic steps for setting and achieving realistic goals, and strategies for increasing positive and appropriate activities
12. Finishing UP! Review of major concepts in the
Strong Kids curriculum

In addition to these 12 basic lessons, Strong Kids includes a "booster" lesson, which is designed to help re-teach and reinforce the main curriculum concepts several weeks after the completion of the last lesson. The Strong Kids manuals include all the materials that are needed to teach the lessons.