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The child group is an emotional awareness and social skills group for children aged 5 - 9 years.
Two experienced CASEA clinicians facilitate the group with a school staff member who has undergone training.
Usually, each group includes 8 children who meet weekly for a 75 minute session for 8 weeks.
Parents of the children involved in the children's group participate in a parent group that runs for 8 weeks.
The group meets weekly at the school for 2 hours and usually coincides with school drop-off or pick-up. Two CASEA clinicians facilitate the group.
Content is informed by a number of parenting programs including Tuning in to Kids and the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P). There is evidence that these programs are effective.
If children and their families would benefit fom ongoing support after participation in the group programs, we collaborate with the school and families to help facilitate a referral to other supports and/or agencies where needed.
We aims to build the capacity of the whole school community to work effectively with students and their families to support children's social, emotional and behavioural development.
We do this by up-skilling all school staff on social-emotional learning by offering professional learning to the whole school. All school staff participate in sessions related to social, emotional and behavioural development.
We can also provide additional support as needed and requrested such as:
There is a two-stage process involved in identifying children and families who may benefit and be interested in participating in the CASEA program.
The first stage involves parents and teachers of children in the Foundation/Prep to Grade 3 classes at the participating school completing a brief screening questionnaire. The screen looks at children's:
The measure aims to identify the children who would most benefit from the parent and child group intervention.
Once children and families are identified, the school will invite them to meet with a member of the Austin CASEA team.
The meeting is held at the school during school times. Children do not need to attend.
We will provide parents with more information about the program. Parents are given the opportunity to ask questions and then say whether or not they are interested in being considered for the program.
CASEA is a voluntary program and it is up to parents to say if they would like to be involved. Parents who aew interested in being involved will be asked for more detailed information about their family, and their child's social, emotional and behavioural development. They will also be asked to complete a short questionnaire. This meeting usually runs for one hour.
Our team decides on the final eight (8) families who are most suitable for the group interventions. These families are then phoned and offered a written invitation to join the program.
Participation in the program is completely voluntary and families can choose to withdraw at any time. All information provided by families is confidential and therefore not shared with the school without written parental consent.
Before the commencement of our programs, your school will be asked to form a CASEA support team. This ideally consists of:
The CASEA support team is involved in planning, implementing and monitoring CASEA programs in your school. Some of the tasks of the CASEA support team include:
The School CASEA contact person will have a number of specific roles in the school. These include:
The Foundation/Prep to Grade 3 teachers will be involved in the CASEA program in a number of ways. This includes: