Assurance that I’m doing the right thing…

Association “Skalbes” in cooperation with association „Latvijas Autisma apvienība” and support of Latvian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, implements the project “Behaviour management and social skills training for children aged 4 – 8 with behaviour problems”, identification No. 2014.EEZ/PP/1/MIC/051, within the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism “NGO fund”.
From January 18 to March 23 for ten weeks in a row, thirteen children aged 4-8, their parents and teachers participated in the second round of the support program STOP 4-7.
TitulbildeChildren group lessons took place in the premises of private educational institution “Attīstības centrs ģimenei”. Thanks to Liene, the head of “Attīstības centrs ģimenei”, for the support and opportunity to use the premises for free. The groups were led by three specially trained coaches (two psychologists and one teacher) and one volunteer. During the classes with the help of games and activities children trained their social skills such as restraining anger and responding to conflict situation.
Parallel to children classes, group lessons were attended also by parents who met in NGO “Skalbes” premises ten Wednesday evenings to learn how to understand their children’s behaviour, how to respond in different situations, to analyse children’s behaviour and share their experience with other parents. The feedback what we got from parents: “the project exceeded the expectations”, “the child’s behaviour has improved, he started to react to penalties”, “the project helped to look at the child with different eyes, to appreciate my role in the child’s development” etc.
To reach its ultimate goal the programme targeted the children’s teachers as well. During the program the teachers attended four group lessons/trainings, improved their knowledge about practical methods of dealing with children with behaviour problems, analyzed the children’s behaviour in specific situations and shared their experience with other teachers. The feedback what we got from teachers: “I’ve gained interesting experience and methods which I use in my work”, “I’ve gained assurance that I’m doing the right thing”, “the new insights will be useful and applicable to work with children. Any pre-school teacher would benefit greatly from such a program” etc.
In addition to group lessons each child had a chance to attend up to ten individual consultations, during which both specialist met with all tree parties (child, parents, teacher) separately and, if necessary, in mixed groups. However during the selection and evaluation, the specialists singled out seven children from whom group work wasn’t suitable. All these children have already received ten individual consultations each.
The final phase of the project involves interpreting the project results as research data which would be then presented to Riga’s City Council, Ministry of Education and Science representatives and other interested parties.

Project is financially supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
Program is financed by EEA and Latvian State.
More information about the program can be found at:
www.eeagrants.org
www.eeagrants.lv
www.sif.gov.lv
For more information about this project contact to project manager Baiba Berovska, phone: 67240042, e-mail: baiba.berovska@projekti.lv.

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