Ripple Effects Kids
Ripple Effects for Kids is a research-based tool to help children solve personal problems, including discipline problems, often related to trauma and other non-academic issues that get in the way of school success. 175 engaging, interactive, reading-independent tutorials build key social-emotional abilities that are more connected to school success than IQ: self-understanding, empathy, impulse control, management of feelings, assertiveness, decision-making and connection to community. The result is kids who know themselves, stand up for their beliefs, solve problems, feel for and connect with diverse others — and do well in school. It makes teachers’ lives easier: Students can receive direct behavioral supports and build social-emotional competencies without taking instructional time away from the rest of the class with this reading-independent tool. Ripple Effects for Kids can be used with groups for character education, personal safety training, and overall academic success. It can be used for individualized intervention/guidance on behavior problems (bullying, talking back, lying, fighting), health (obesity, tobacco) and mental health issues (sad, shy, lonely, divorce etc.). A supplementary set of web-based tools makes it easy to track individual and group student progress. It works: Ripple Effects for Kids provides an affordable, accessible way for elementary students to access personal guidance and skill building in areas of concern that they may be reluctant to seek help for in person. Research shows a large majority of elementary students who were prescribed Ripple Effects for skill building in discipline settings also used the program to voluntarily access personal guidance in areas from bed-wetting, to beaten, to alcoholic parent. Teachers report that when their students use Ripple Effects, behavior problems go down and grades go up. It's that simple.