Those at the Family Resource Centre says bad behavior continues to be a challenge in the local school system.
But they hope the introduction of the Canadian Stop Now and Plan programme, called SNAP, will break that cycle by helping students learn better ways of dealing with conflict and bad situations.
“If we are not detecting this from early, if we are not addressing these behaviours from early they are going to filter through later on.”
It’s with that aim in mind the Family Resource Centre is set to introduce the Canadian SNAP programme to combat bad behaviour in local schools and find the root cause.
“Whether it is poor family systems or different stressors that they are experiencing and so it is really important to not just look at it as it’s just bad behaviour, they are gonna go through it,” FRC programme co-ordinator Charmaine Miller said.
She said SNAP targets children between the ages of 6 to 14 and trains them to use pause before responding to situations.
“Whereas it is physically aggressive, verbally aggressive and substituting those with more positive ways of responding, teaching them to be critical thinkers, teaching them to problem solve,” she explained.
Training for the programme begins next week and she’s hopeful what many consider a successful run in Canada translates here.
“So that the behaviour does not continue to spread into other areas of their life and manifest itself at a greater intensity when they become adolescents,” she said.
Ms Miller says the 13 week programme will incorporate parents and siblings of the affected child to offer support to the family as a unit.
The SNAP programme will be piloted in September in schools. Ms Miller says stakeholders like the RCIPS, Education officials and community activists will be part of the training as well.
She said it’s not yet known how many children will participate.