The statistics speak for themselves! Stress in kids is a real problem and it’s rising! According to a survey, kids said that they were stressed out the most by:
A recent study from the Stanford School of Medicine indicates that the number of children, ages 7-17, treated for depression more than doubled between 1995 and 2001.
Traditional methods for discipline (time-out, detention, suspension) are no longer working. Schools must equip kids with strategies for managing stress, controlling emotions, and making good choices and Simply Successful Kids can help! In our experience, each school has a unique set of students and issues. Often resources are limited, educators are stressed and frustrated too, causing teacher burnout and high turnover rates.
Simply Successful Kids has been piloted in two schools and received great reviews. Here’s what they said:
“The tools I have been able to give my class have made a positive change in our classroom environment. The students have learned how to recognize their stress and anxiety as well as realize the power of the exercises to help bring their minds and bodies back into focus. They are even using the exercises at home when stressful situations arise!” –Jackie Vallier, Lakeview Elementary School, Battle Creek, MI
“I teach 3rd grade at a public charter school in Grand Rapids. My students are resilient, brilliant and teach me something new every single day. Many of them come from backgrounds of poverty and often come to school without their basic needs met, including their social and emotional needs. Besides teaching them academics, I search for strategies I can teach them for dealing with stress as well as coping skills when they felt anxious. Admittedly, I didn’t even know where to begin. Then I met Beth and Deb from Simply Successful Kids. They visit my classroom weekly. They have taught us breathing exercises and mindful meditation to maintain a calm state of mind. This allows my students to make thoughtful choices. SSK has completely changed our classroom dynamic and has given my students tools to use when they feel stress, anxiety, strong emotions, or need to get their brain ready to learn. We practice mindfulness each morning as a part of our morning meeting and draw from our toolbox of strategies throughout the day as needed. I’m so grateful for Deb and Beth and for their investment in my students.” —Lucy McIntosh, William C. Abney Academy