May 5, 2015:  Great hearing from everyone!  Your feedback is appreciated.

We are pleased when our clients take the time to provide insights as to how they are using the Tools for Life resource.

From a Special Education Resource teacher –

“The “Tools for Life Program” has and continues to be a valuable program for the students at my school. To be able to instill the kinds of lessons and life skills in the classroom that this program supports has become more and more important in a world where children struggle with self- regulation and emotional issues.”

And this from a healthcare leader who works within a public Agency offering special students individualized programming in classrooms. The Agency Team works co-operatively with teaching staff to provide continuity in the care, treatment and education of these students. An important part of these programs is the development of personal life management skills. Individual education and treatment plans are created for each student to address his or her strengths and needs. –

“We have used the Tools for Life program in our Section 23 programs with great success.  We find that many of the visual cues and techniques fit very well with our Social Skills and Emotional Regulation work with the students. 

We usually start by introducing one aspect (we like to start with Listening Bodies) and help the students to understand this concept.  We develop our social skills training around incorporating this strategy and spend a week or so on the topic until we are sure the class has a good understanding.  From there each classroom is different as to what they introduce next.  Some teachers have a set order they like to teach the strategies in, others base it on the needs of the group of students they have at the time. 

We display the posters in the room and ensure that all staff in the school and the families we work with are familiar with the language so that the terminology because the norm for the child no matter the setting.”