With the terrifying tragedy that took place at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado and the ongoing increase of anger, intolerance, and aggressive violent behavior among our children and young adults, the need for an effective and efficient intervention to be used in our schools is even a more important priority now.
We strongly believe that the teachers manual, Rough Spot Training, is an important approach for you to evaluate and possibly implement it into your school system. There are at least three stellar aspects to this intervention:
1) It is based on the most up-to-date scientific research supporting its efficiency and effectiveness in reducing school violence and anger reduction.
2) It is extremely teacher friendly in that the manual has clear, specific lesson plans that include time lines, easy-to-use materials, class activities, actual student sample work, ready-to-use forms, and teacher-to-student dialogues.
3) The entire intervention in the classroom initially takes five consecutive days averaging 25-35 minutes per day. Then it is integrated daily with all of the class activities using at most 10-15 minutes a day.
This approach is technically based on a life skill cognitive-behavior educational model. The approach is not self-esteem enhancement or general problem solving, but it addresses the foundation of mental health and appropriate social behaviors. The primary skills of emotional management, self-soothing, and goal formation (social interests) are addressed and taught for a child to develop proficiency in these most important life skills.
A short list of problems that the manual addresses are temper tantrums, low frustration tolerance, aggressive behavior, non-compliance with social rules, and lack of respect and cooperation with authority figures.
If you are interested in more information about Rough Spot Training, obtaining the manual, or workshops for your professional staff, please contact Terry London or Amor Monjes at (219) 322-7735.
As a final note, the authors of Rough Spot Training have a combined total of 32 years experience working both in educational and clinical situations. They are Chicago based professionals and therefore have a special interest in the health and well being of the young children of our home state.