Developed by The Psychology Foundation of Canada, the KHST!®(Kids Have Stress, Too!), program has been developed to help parents, teachers, early childhood education practitioners and caregivers understand and promote effective social-emotional development and stress-management strategies with the children in their care. The program is grounded in the science of early childhood and brain development, and also in the day-to-day reality of the early learning and/or care setting.
KHST! family of resources is comprised of several formats:
- Preschool Resource – For use in the early learning / childcare environments
- Parent Program – For parents/caregivers of children between 3-9 years of age
- Grade 1-3 – Resource for teachers to use in their classrooms
- Grade 4-6 – Resource program called Stress Lessons for classroom use
- Additional formats in development
8 Key Concepts of KHST! for Parents/Caregivers Workshop Format:
- Parents and caregivers can help children learn ways to manage stress.
- There are signs and symptoms of too much stress.
- Children who can recognize, acknowledge and express their feelings appropriately, cope better with stress.
- Relaxation strategies can reduce a child’s reaction to stress.
- With help, children can learn to solve problems.
- There are simple ways to create a less stressful environment for children.
- When children speak harshly or critically to themselves, they create more stress. Using their positive voice can lower stress.
- Physical activity is a proven strategy for coping with stress and promoting self-regulation.
Layout: These sessions, over three consecutive weeks, 2 hours per session, 6 hours total
Languages: English & French
Cost: Kids Have Stress Too! is offered for free by CMHA of NB, subject to change based on organizational needs.
Booking: Please contact your local CMHA of NB staff (office or CEC). Booking is based on staff availability. Minimum 6 participants, maximum 25 participants.
Please contact your local office:
Fredericton: 506-455-5231, firstname.lastname@example.org
Moncton: 506-859-8114, email@example.com
Saint John: 506-633-1705, firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for a list of Community Education Coordinators across the province.