MERN Forum Presentation id=707
MERN Forum # 45
Session: 2B
Author: Brenda Firman, Vanessa Fitxpatrick & Janet Wheaton
Affiliation: University College of the North
Title : Embedding resiliency training in early childhood education
Description : Research has shown that children who are emotionally and socially skilled are more successful at school. In a ‘ground up’ action research pilot study, ECE educators began with embedding a resiliency-based social/emotional universal anxiety preventative program for 4 to 7 year-old children (FUN FRIENDS) in the second year of the ECE certificate program; and expanded to include adult resiliency training for working with 0-7 year old children that emphasizes adult role-modeling of resilient thinking. FRIENDS is a proven effective, resiliency-based and activity-based program with three developmentally appropriate programs for children and youth from 4 to 16 years old. Our research explores a new process for certification of program facilitators by: 1. Embedding the FUN FRIENDS training into a post-secondary professional program. 2. Extending training beyond the current one-day certification workshop by having newly trained facilitators (ECE students) implement the program by embedding program implementation across 3 courses and providing instructor support and peer-collaboration opportunities that help grow both the competence and confidence of the student facilitators. Reaching IN,,, Reaching OUT (RIRO) is an evidence-based skills training program developed to promote resilience in children seven years and under. Adult Skills are developed in participants prior to training participants in Child Applications of the skills.
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