Is this a psychological test?
No. The Strong Kids Curriculum does not provide a psychological evaluation, or diagnosis of your child. Strong kids is a social emotional curriculum that simply explores the emotions that children typically encounter on a day to day basis.
Will my child have to share personal stories about themselves or about our family?
In the Strong Kids Curriculum students will answer hypothetical questions, role play, and explore the emotions of fictional characters. They are encouraged to monitor their own emotions and occasionally compare their emotions to the emotions of the characters in the lessons. During discussion students will share any insights they may have or connections they may make during the lesson, and while these may sometimes be personal disclosures, most lessons do not promote the sharing of personal information or intimate family details.
How much class time will be dedicated to these lessons?
If Strong Kids is being implemented in your student’s school your student’s teacher and administrators will be responsible for selecting a time that fits into your student’s academic schedule without causing undue disruption to your student’s academic schedule. Schools will vary in terms of their implementation design.
Can I use Strong Kids at home with my children?
Yes. Although Strong Kids is written from the perspective of a school delivery, the content and activities are modifiable and can be used in a variety of settings. In addition to implementing the curriculum at home, parents can also consider supporting a school’s implementation of Strong Kids, by working with teachers to reinforce the principles of each lesson at home.
My child has a specific problem that I am hoping Strong Kids will fix. Can Strong Kids fix it for my child?
Strong Kids will give most children an additional array of skills to choose from. With the appropriate reinforcement, sufficient practice, and positive encouragement, children will learn to apply new skills to situations outside of the classroom environment. Strong Kids reinforces consequences of using (or not using) the skills, problem-solving, and empathy. The more exposure a child has to problem-solving, and the contemplation of consequences, the greater the likelihood that his or her behavior may change as a result.
My child learned about Strong Kids in elementary or middle school, is it the same material?
The Strong Kids (3 – 5, and 6 – 8) and Strong Teens emphasize the same skills using age-appropriate examples and scenarios. A child who has already done Strong Kids in a prior grade or school, will encounter the same concepts but will be approaching them with a different perspective.