Empowering Kids. Connecting Families. Promoting Positive Mental Health

Get GRIT empowers kids with the knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy mind and positive well-being. 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 Studio Classes

 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

Program overview

​​The program involves 10 lessons taught over 5 two hour sessions. 

 

 

Emotional Development: Self-Awareness and Self-Management

Lesson 1: You Are Unique 

Identifying and Recognising Emotions

  • ​Identify personal qualities

  • Appreciate diversity

  • Recognise similarities and differences between themselves and others

  • Identify emotions in themselves and others

  • Recognise the body’s reaction to feelings: body cues

  • Understand how and when to assist others (empathy development)

 

Lesson 2: Take Control

Regulating and Managing Anger

  • Recognise the body’s clues or warning signs of anger

  • Learn the science behind anger

  • Understand emotions range in intensity (Emotional Thermometer)

  • Identify appropriate strategies to manage anger (High Five Choices)

  • Identify triggers

  • Practise strategies to manage anger

 

Lesson 3: Resilient Thinking: Catch Your Thoughts

Our Internal Dialogue

  • ​Distinguish the difference between thoughts and feelings

  • Link thoughts to feelings

  • Identify positive 'I Can' thoughts and negative 'I Can’t' thoughts

  • Recognise how two people can have different thoughts about the same situation

  • Understand the power of our internal dialogue

 

Lesson 4: Mindset

Power of the Mind

  • Recognise how our thoughts influence our feelings

  • Recognise how our feelings influence our behaviour

  • How to change negative thoughts to positive thoughts

  • Build resilient thinking skills

 

Lesson 5: The Power of Yet

Growth Mindset

  • Understand the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset

  • Explore the power of yet by changing I Can’t thoughts to I Can’t Yet

  • How to overcome obstacles and frustrations

  • I Can’t Yet Goal setting

Lesson 6:  Worry Bullies

Managing Anxiety

  • ​Recognise physiological signs and symptoms of anxiety

  • Understand how the brain responds to fear and anxiety

  • Understand the three aspects of anxiety

  • Learn four steps to manage anxiety

 

Social Development: Social-Awareness and Social-Management

 

Lesson 7: Mission Friendship

Establishing and Building Positive Relationships

  • Understand the importance of having good friends

  • Explore the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships

  • Learn how to initiate play

 

Lesson 8: Working Together

Maintaining Friendships and Working Collaboratively

  • Getting along skills (sharing, turn-taking, winning and losing, accepting others, sharing conversation)

  • How to maintain friendships

  • How to communicate effectively

  • Winning and losing gracefully

  • Recognise the importance of being honest

  • Explore strategies to deal with difficult situations in friendships

 

Lesson 9: How to Fix a Wrinkled Heart

Negotiating and Resolving Conflict

  • Identify helpful and unhelpful ways to resolve conflict

  • Make positive and responsible decisions

  • Identify 5 ways to negotiate and resolve conflict

  • ​Learn how to use 'I messages' and practise reflective listening

Lesson 10: Kindness Matters

Responding to Bullying and Bucket Filling

  • Learn the difference between bullying and teasing

  • Learn how to respond to bullying behaviour

  • Learn the difference between reporting and tattling and the importance of reporting bullying behaviour

  • Practise giving and receiving compliments

 

The Get GRIT Program explicitly teaches these skills through stories, games, craft activities and group discussions. 

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.  

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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.

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Program Cost

 

The cost of the program is $495, 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.

 

To participate in our workshops, we ask participants to:

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

  2. Be respectful and behave consistently in a school setting

 

The Get GRIT Program is a general resiliency program it is not suitable for children with specific behavioural needs or difficulties. If you are unsure if your child is suitable for this workshop, please contact us before booking.

   ENROL NOW Term 3

Term 3 Program

Dates: Sunday, August 1st, August 8th, August 15th, August 22nd, August 29th

Lower Primary (5-8 years)

    9-11 am BOOKED OUT

or 11-1 pm BOOKED OUT 

Please email info@getgritprogram.com to join our waitlist.

Upper Primary (9-12 years)

    9-11 am BOOKED OUT

or 11-1 pm 2 positions remaining

Teachers: Jessica Kearney and Nicole Sawatski

 

September School Holidays

Dates: Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th September

Lower Primary (5-8 years)

    9-11 am 

or 11-1 pm

Upper Primary (9-12 years)

   9-11 am 

or 11-1pm

A $100 deposit for our September Holiday Program is required at the time of booking with the remaining balance due one week prior to the start date.