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Empowering Kids. Connecting Families. Promoting Positive Mental Health

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The Get GRIT Program, for children aged 5-12 years, empowers kids with the knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy mind and positive wellbeing.  The program uses evidence-based practices to teach your child how to master the skills needed to thrive, both now and for the rest of their lives.

Get GRIT teaches children how to:

  • Manage their emotions,

  • Enjoy healthy and positive relationships,

  • Develop a growth mindset, 

  • Be resilient,

  • Persistent,

  • Optimistic,

  • Tackle life's challenges with grit and

  • Reach their true potential.  


The word ‘grit’ is often used to describe resilience, perseverance and determination.  Get GRIT aims to develop grit and much more. GRIT is an acronym for Getting Along, Building Resilience, Identifying Emotions and Taking Responsibility. 

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GRIT Program Program


 The four elements in the Get GRIT Program will teach your child the most important skills in life. 

Getting Along


This element involves children learning the skills to get along with other people and better understand relationships.  By building positive relationships with others, children will be happier and more fulfilled and feel more supported and connected. 

Children will learn how to:

  • Establish and build positive relationships

  • Maintain friendships

  • Work collaboratively

  • Negotiate and resolve conflict

  • Be assertive

Building Resilience


This element involves children learning the skills to persevere in the face of setbacks and frustrations, to be grittier, more positive and optimistic.  Children are taught resilient thinking skills to reduce stress, anxiety and negative thinking. Training children to be aware of their internal dialogue and their thinking patterns fosters resilience by helping them to better manage life’s inevitable disappointments.

Children will learn how to:

  • Persevere to overcome frustrations

  • Bounce back from adversities

  • Build resilient thinking skills

  • Change negative thoughts to positive thoughts


Identifying Emotions


This element involves children developing awareness of their own emotions and others.  Self-awareness, the cornerstone of emotional intelligence, is the ability to recognise emotions and their impact on both yourself and others. Empathy builds on self-awareness and is a fundamental skill essential to successful relationships and interactions. 


Children will learn how to:

  • Recognise emotions

  • Regulate and manage emotional responses

  • Recognise personal qualities and achievements

  • Manage anxiety

  • Manage anger

  • Understanding others' emotional states and needs (empathy)


Take Responsibility


This element involves teaching children to take responsibility for their learning by developing a mindset of growth, persistence and optimism. Changing the way a child perceives their own abilities and potential can drastically improve their performance. Too often children live in the now rather than the yet and as a result they focus on their limitations rather than their potential.


Children will learn how to:

  • Develop a growth mindset

  • Make positive and responsible decisions

  • Develop self-discipline

  • Set goals

  • Take risks

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We can help your child if they are experiencing:

  • Anxiety

  • Difficulties understanding and managing emotions

  • Low self-esteem and confidence

  • Negative self-talk

  • Fixed mindset

  • Difficulties with social skills

  • Difficulties making and keeping friends

  • Dealing with grief, loss or trauma (including parent separation)

  • Low self-efficacy


The Get GRIT Program explicitly teaches these skills

through stories, games, craft activities and group


Age-appropriate Groups

Get GRIT offers two programs to children in primary school. 

Each program is developmentally sensitive, similar in

content but with age-appropriate activities and techniques. 

The Lower Primary Program is suitable for children aged 5-8 years.  The Upper Primary Program is offered to children aged 9-12 years.


Our programs are for children only.  Parents are not allowed to stay for the group sessions.  This is to ensure a safe and private environment for participants.  

Get GRIT Journal


  • Key to the program is Get GRIT's self-guided journal.

  • Each child who participates in the program will receive a copy of the journal. 

  • The journal plays a very important role in the program.  Each week your child’s GRIT teacher will teach the key concepts and skills in each chapter.

  • The children are encouraged to continue working through each chapter with their journal mate (parent or member of their family).

  • The journal provides reflection and rehearsal of skills outside of the group sessions and also encourages children to connect with their families and share their learning.  The success of early intervention programs requires parent support to reinforce the newly learned skills and to provide opportunities to practise these skills. 

  • The program not only teaches invaluable life skills to your child but also builds parent capacity to support your child’s emotional health and well-being. The program empowers kids and their parents with the knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy mind and positive well-being.


Program Cost


The cost of the program is $550 (including GST), which includes:

  • 5 sessions (2-hour sessions)

  • Get GRIT Journal 

  • Weekly/Daily email updates with key concepts taught and additional activities to encourage discussion at home.

Finding the right fit.

The Get GRIT Program is a general resiliency program. It is not suitable for children with specific behavioural needs or difficulties who would benefit more from individualised support working one-on-one with a therapist.  In order to get the most out of the program, children participating in the Get GRIT Program are expected to be respectful and behave consistently in a school setting.  If a child is unable to concentrate for up to two hours in a small group, follow teacher directions and listen respectfully to others, they will not fully benefit from the program. Disruptive behaviour or non-compliant behaviour, which in turn affects the group's learning experience, will not be accepted. If at any time during the program, we believe this form of learning is not suitable to your child and their individual needs, we will have a discussion with you as to the best journey forward for your child.

If your child is unable to do the following (just yet), one-on-one support is your first point of call. Please speak to your GP for individual support services in your local area. 


To participate in our workshops, we ask that children are able to:

  1. Show courtesy and consideration to others

  2. Listen respectfully to others

  3. Manage own behaviour

  4. Follow teacher directions

  5. Be able to concentrate and engage in activities for up to two hours with regular breaks

  6. Be respectful and behave consistently in a school setting


Register your interest for Term 1 2023, Unity College, Caloundra.

Sunday, February 26th, March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

Lower Primary (5-8 years) 9-11 am

Upper Primary (9-12 years) 11-1 pm

Register Your Interest

Thank you for your interest in the Get GRT Program. Please do not hesitate to call us on 0413245531 if you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions


Do parents stay for the workshop?

Parents are not allowed to stay for the group sessions.  This is to ensure a safe and private environment for participants. Parents are welcome to leave the premises. 

Am I able to receive Medicare or Private Health rebates?

Fees are not covered by Medicare or Private Health Insurance. The Get GRIT Program is an educational program taught by experienced primary school teachers.


Can I request a report?

Reports are available on request for an additional $75.  The feedback report is a comprehensive formal report and can be useful for parents who have children on the NDIS or are currently seeing or seeking help from other health professionals. If we have any specific concerns we will always contact you.

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