The Second Step curriculum teaches skills students need to succeed academically and socially. It has different materials for every grade from preschool through middle school. Skills such as empathy, emotion management, and problem-solving are reinforced each year. Students learn listening skills for the classroom, organization techniques, ways to identify feelings in themselves and others, and how to make and keep friends. The kids especially love the puppets that come with the program! The videos and songs that accompany many of the lessons are also quite popular. The social workers use lessons in whole-class presentations and in groups.
"You Are A Social Detective" is a great primer for kids struggling with social skills. It is by the same author who created the "Superflex" curriculum, and it introduces the concepts found in the Superflex curriculum. There are lots of fun pictures and it is easy to understand. Highly recommended for parents to read at home with their children!
This curriculum teaches children how to self-regulate by categorizing their different feelings and states of alertness into 4 different zones: blue (moving slowly), green (in-control), yellow (losing some control), red (has lost all control). The students then learn in what situations certain zones are expected and when they are unexpected. Once the students understand the different zones and can apply them to their own life experiences, they create a "toolbox" of coping techniques for each zone.
The Coping Cat curriculum is a cognitive-behavioral intervention designed to help children ages 8-13 learn about and manage their anxiety. Students begin by learning to identify anxious feelings and situations that cause them anxiety. They then develop a coping plan an evaluate its effectiveness as they put it into action.
This curriculum was developed to help students struggling socially to learn social skills in a fun way. It is based on the story of Superflex, a superhero, whose mission it is to help the citizens of Social Town defeat the Unthinkables, villains who impede their ability to make good social choices. One Unthinkable is "Rock Brain" who makes people get stuck on their own ideas. Superflex works against Rock Brain by helping the citizen to be flexible and open to other peoples' ideas. There are several other Unthinkables, and students love learning about each one and how to defeat them. Students even enjoy creating their own Unthinkables!