Improving future mental health outcomes for children takes three main forms: prevention, redirection, and intervention.
Preventative help is when your child learns about empathy and emotional awareness through their school’s social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum. Here, every student learns the importance of kindness and taking care of themselves and others on an emotional level. Most of the work TKC does falls into this category and you can learn more about prevention here.
On the other end of the spectrum we have crisis intervention. This may include referrals to crisis support services outside of the school system and addresses high-risk students with more complex, chronic needs. Now, where does that leave kids who need a little extra help but don’t qualify as high-risk students?
Read on to find out more about what the spectrum of mental health care support looks like.
What does ‘redirection’ mean?
Kids often act out when they are not able to fully express how they are feeling and what they need. Instead, redirection equips children with the tools they need to understand what is happening on the inside and effectively communicate that to their outside world. Behavior redirection allows for kids to learn how to more positively interact with those around them, replacing a hurtful action with a productive one.
Who receives this type of support?
This intermediary attention is designed to help students with mild or emerging mental health needs (i.e., social, emotional, or behavioral). It requires effective problem-solving approaches, including the strategic use of data to identify targeted students and match their needs. Schools focus on specific students who show initial signs or symptoms of difficulty. Signs may include behavior management challenges in class, tardiness, office referrals, absences, etc.
Where do children receive this support?
Extra support comes from collaboration between students, teachers, counselors, and parents. Your child’s school counselor may counsel them individually or invite them to group counseling sessions with their peers. Addressing specific needs also takes the form of directly and indirectly learning social skills to better understand how they are feeling and express that to the world around them. For example, if a child struggles with peer relationships, a counselor may implement restorative justice circles to walk them through conflict resolution and teach them interpersonal skills along the way.
How can I get this support for my child if I think they would benefit from it?
You can always bring your concerns to your child’s teachers and counselors. They can help guide you through the process of equipping your child with these additional skills. Additionally, you can see if your school offers TKC’s Enoughie Buddy, 4 Pillar Challenge. This program engages students to utilize and build their kind leadership skills in problem based scenarios that empower them to take charge of their emotional health skill building. Centered around behavior objectives with a strong PBIS framework, this curriculum is designed to create a motivated and empathetic community of kind leaders. Students will travel through TKC’s four pillars of emotional health while learning new skills and creating a stronger sense of self along the way.
How does TKC support children’s emotional health throughout this process?
All TKC SEL resources serve as crisis prevention. For parents, it provides engaging emotional health learning for their children. For educators, it provides comprehensive SEL, easily embedded into your existing language arts program. In addition to our curriculum, TKC provides intermediary intervention through our Goodside Health app, Enoughie Buddy, 4 Pillar Challenge, teaching students how to appropriately deal with the more difficult emotional and behavioral situations they may be faced with. TKC does not provide crisis intervention but you can find crisis resources here.
Emotional health is a lifelong journey and it is important to provide children with the right tools to successfully navigate their world. TKC is committed to supporting this journey through positive, accessible tools to create a generation that will communicate, connect, and lead differently.