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Stop Think Do: Managing Behaviour (non-EPV)

Multi-factor, Broad-Based Approach to Social Skills Teaching for Children

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Stop Think Do is a multi-factor, broad-based approach to social skills teaching for children from 4 - 12 years. Stop Think Do develops a positive social culture in classrooms, particularly because teachers are modelling the same skills they teach students.

The academic progress of children is also facilitated by a co-operative classroom.Stop Think Do develops emotional and social intelligence in children as they learn how to understand and control their feelings at Stop, how to think about their options and likely consequences at Think, how to behave appropriately at Do and how to be motivated to use these skills in all social situations in their lives


The Focus of Stop Think Do Programs
Stop Think Do is an Australian cognitive-behavioural social skills training program originally devised over 4 decades ago in the Adelaide Women and Children’s Hospital as a treatment program for children and adolescents with social/behavioural difficulties.The program may be run in clinics or schools, with individuals or groups. The approach is both didactic and experiential, teaching children specific social skills and a process of relating to others so they can make and keep friends. In liaison with educationalists, Stop Think Do has also been adapted for teaching directly in the classroom as a social skills curriculum with a preventive focus, aiming to improve the friendship skills of all children from a young age to prevent emotional-social-behavioural friendship problems from developing
Training behaviour management skills in teachers and parents
Stop Think Do is a complementary behaviour management method for teachers and parents. They solve problems and relate with children in their care using the same skills and process that children learn for making friends with their peers.
Devising individual plans for learning and behaviour change
The Stop Think Do method has been adapted to improve children’s motivation for academic as well as social learning, including for children with special needs. The primary aims are to develop a supportive learning environment in the classroom, and to teach individuals skills to improve problem areas which are preventing them from reaching their full learning potential.

Course Author

Lindy Petersen is a clinical psychologist with over 35 years of active experience working with children, adolescents, families and schools.
Lindy Petersen's main areas of interest include social skills training, learning and behaviour difficulties, attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum, anxiety and behavior management training for parents and teachers. Stop Think Do aims to take the emotions out of all problem areas (behavioural, learning, social and moods) and redirect the energy into problem solving. Emotions are identified and expressed early at the Stop stage, ensuring the brain has the opportunity to Think about options to solve the problem, and motivating and skilling the person to Do it.


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