CASEA Newsletter to parents

CASEA Newsletter to parents

Posted 26-Mar-2018

CASEA stands for CAMHS And Schools Early Action

Who we are? We are from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) from Barwon Health. We have been at Lara Primary School since Term 1 of this year. Our team includes occupational therapists, a psychologist and a mental health promotions officer. We have been working closely with Lara Primary Schools’ leadership and wellbeing team. Why Lara Primary School? The CASEA program has been working with schools for many years in most areas of Victoria however is new to the Barwon region. Lara Primary School is one of two schools chosen as the first schools to implement the Barwon CASEA program. This decision was based on Lara Primary School already having a strong wellbeing focus and a desire to increase student’s social and emotional capacity. What are we doing in your school? In term 2 all students will be taking part in a ‘Zones of Regulation’ program for the whole term. This involves students taking part in one session each week where they learn about self-regulation. Self-regulation is also known as self-control, self-management, and impulse control. It is defined as the best state of alertness of both the body and emotions for the specific situation. For example, when a child is playing on the playground it is beneficial for them to have a higher state of alertness, allowing them to respond appropriately to their surroundings. However, this high state of alertness would not be beneficial if the child is having quiet reading time in the classroom.The sessions are designed to help students recognise when they are in the different zones, blue, green, yellow and red. Students will also learn how to change or stay in the zone they are in, through the use of ‘tools’ from their ‘toolbox’. Examples of the tools students will be learning include deep breathing and talking to an adult. Students will also learn about how to talk about feelings and how to recognize how other people might be feeling, through reading body language and facial expressions.It is encouraged that you become familiar with the different colours of the zones and what feelings each relate to, so you can support your child in practicing their self-regulating skills. In future newsletters we will discuss how else you can support your children as they begin to learn self-regulation skills. For further information please see http://www.zonesofregulation.com/learn-more-about-the-zones.html

 
 


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