Where are the courses offered?
Madhavi visits schools on a weekly basis to facilitate the "Resilience and Wellbeing Toolbox" and "What's the Buzz?" programs.
Why attend a program in a school?
- Participating in a "What's the Buzz?" social skills program at school allows students to learn in the context in which they will be applying the skills. For students who find it difficult to generalize skills from one environment to another, this can be extremely helpful. Students learn the skills with their own peers and in their school environment. Teachers also have access to the facilitator to regularly share important information about each child's progress.
- There is minimal interruption to the student's day, needing only to go to another area within the school to attend the program. Parents who have children attending groups at school often comment that they find this helpful. Rather than collecting children from school for external appointments (which can be disruptive to everyone's day), they know their child is gaining the support they need without missing out on important aspects of school.
In Community Centres
Madhavi facilitates "The Resilience and Wellbeing Toolbox" and "What's the Buzz?" social skills groups on Monday afternoons at Fullarton Park Community Centre (411 Fullarton Rd Fullarton). The groups are offered at 3.45pm and 4.45pm, with each group running for approximately 45 minutes.
Why attend at a Community Centre?
- For some families the confidentiality of attending a program outside of school is a more suitable option.
- Many students see "What's the Buzz?" as their after school social club where many new friendships (for participants and their parents) are made. They like the opportunity to leave their school life behind and have a fresh start with a new group of friends.
- For some students, attending a program away from school takes the pressure off having to perform in front of familiar people. They can then focus all their energy on learning the skills they need within a group and not worrying about who they are in the group with.