Fun FRIENDS A Resilience Program for Children

A Resilience Program for Children Aged 4 – 7 Years

Experiencing difficulties in regulating emotions or behaviour can affect your child’s learning experience in early schooling.

Our aim is to provide your child with fundamental social and emotional skills to nurture your child’s development and help them succeed during these crucial years. Fun FRIENDS offers your child positive coping skills and valuable strategies for managing fear, worry, stress and sadness.

Parallel Programs for Parents
Two parents/caregivers are also invited to attend a parallel Parenting Strategies and Adult Resilience Program which takes place at the same time and venue at no extra charge. We like to give parents and caregivers the opportunity to reinforce the skills learnt by their child, and to practice these week by week and beyond. The parallel sessions are a great way to strengthen resilience in the whole family. Workbooks are also provided.

We have incorporated the Adult Resilience Program because as parents, we can from time to time experience overwhelming feelings of anxiety, which can affect all areas in our lives if not managed. This program provides adults with skills to cope effectively with the challenging situations they may encounter throughout our lives. Please visit the Adult Resilience page for more information.

CONCEPTS, SKILLS & STRATEGIES TAUGHT IN FUN FRIENDS

Session 1: Getting to know one another, working in groups, feeling confident and learning to be brave, making healthy life choices, identifying happy experiences

Session 2: Understanding and recognising feelings in ourselves and others, making happy feelings grow, empathy training, understanding and accepting differences

Session 3: Understanding body clues, relaxation techniques, mindfulness and attention training, noticing how our thoughts affect our feelings and actions, changing unhelpful to helpful thoughts

Session 4: Understanding qualities of a true friend, practicing friendship skills including helping, sharing and listening, learning how to make new friends, breaking challenging goals down into small steps, learning to be brave and try new things

Session 5: Role models and positive qualities, using support teams, rewarding ourselves when we have tried our best, using interpersonal rewards

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Fun FRIENDS: 2017 January School Holiday Program & Term 1 Program

Dates for School Holiday Program : Monday 9th January – Friday 13th January (Lansdale)

Dates for Term 1: Saturday 11th February, 18th February, 25th February, 4th March, 11th March (Swanbourne)

Time: 9.00am – 11.30am

Parallel Program: 

5 x 2.5 hour sessions of Fun FRIENDS for your child

and

5 x 2.5 hour sessions of Parent Strategies & Adult Resilience for two parents or caregivers.

Both programs run at the same time and venue in parallel so that everyone learns the same language together to strengthen resilience in the whole family.

Investment: 

$132.00 (incl. GST) per 2.5 hour session for enrolments on or before October 31st 2016

or 

$145.20 (incl. GST) per 2.5 hour session for enrolments after November 1st 2016

A non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot with the balance payable one week before groups commence.

Discount for Additional Child: 50% off discount for a sibling or friend attending the same group. We offer this discount because sometimes it can be beneficial for a child to learn new skills with a familiar face in the same room.

Rebates: You child may be eligible for Medicare or a private health insurance rebate (either, not both). For you to check with your private health insurance provider, the item number for Group Psychological Intervention is P400. Unfortunately not all health insurers provide a rebate for this item number and it depends on your level of cover. Alternatively, if your child qualifies for a Better Access to Mental Health – Mental Health Care Plan through your GP (for Group Psychological Interventions), you may obtain a rebate through Medicare provided that the group your child attends does not exceed 10 children.