We have a great benefit of having the Kid Connection program here at Joe Michell School. Kid Connection provides children some one on one time in a safe, secure atmosphere with a specially trained adult. Small groups of children also work together in the Kid Connection program to deal with common concerns such as self esteem and social skills.
In a playroom setting, guided by the adult, children develop their own rules and routine. They learn about their feelings, and ways to get along, and to develop their self-concept. Children practice skills that they can use in their classrooms, on the playground, and in their lives outside of school. One goal of the Kid Connection is to prevent future school and social adjustment difficulties. The Kid Connection is a research-based program. Data collected and analyzed over the past 20 years indicates that students who participate in the Kid Connection increase school-related competencies and decrease problem behavior.
Gayleen Kiviharju, our Child Associate here at Joe Michell School along with Liisa Hanninen-Danner, our District Psychologist work together to ensure that children have a positive start in school. For further questions about the Joe Michell Kid Connection program, please contact Liisa Hanninen-Danner at firstname.lastname@example.org.