We are proud to announce Growing With Gratitude is now included in the KidsMatter programs guide.




What is KidsMatter? (extract taken directly from the KidsMatter website)
KidsMatter is an Australian mental health and well-being initiative set in primary schools and early childhood education and care services (like preschools, kindergartens and day care centres).It’s a framework that helps these places take care of children’s mental health needs by:

  • creating positive school and early childhood communities
  • teaching children skills for good social and emotional development
  • working together with families
  • recognising and getting help for children with mental health problems.

KidsMatter was developed by mental health professionals and education and childcare staff in response to the high rates of school-age children with mental health difficulties and the problems they face getting help.

Approximately 4 months ago we submitted the program for review. The process involved lodging an application. We needed to cover criteria such as:

  • Aim of Growing With Gratitude
  • Program structure
  • Method of delivery
  • Program overview
  • Program details
  • References

Once the information was collated we sent off the application along with the “Teacher Tactics” and “Home Grown Gratitude” resources.

The Review Process

The program was reviewed by Psychologists at The Australian Psychological Society. Their review was based primarily on:

  • Relevance
  • Effectiveness
  • Support material
  • Resources

I must say it was an extremely proud moment when the email came in saying Growing With Gratitude was successfully reviewed for inclusion in the KidsMatter Programs Guide.

The next ridiculously exciting step for Growing With Gratitude is the release of the 2015 pilot test results. The scientific/academic paper is being complied by Professor Deb Price and Deb Green of the University of South Australia. In 2015 we tested 600 students from Adelaide and Hong Kong. The testing was in planning for 18 months and the actual test ran for 10 weeks in July, August and September 2015. The follow up survey’s then extended through to December 2015. The testing process included:

  • Pre survey’s
  • Post survey’s
  • Follow up survey’s (10 weeks after)
  • Interviews with teachers
  • Interviews with parents
  • Interviews with students

Although the paper has not been released, it’s exciting to say the program has proven to be effective. The areas in, which the program has proven to be most effective will be included in the paper.

As soon as the paper is released, I will let you know where it can be viewed.

If you have any questions about KidsMatter or the pilot test please leave your question in the comments below.

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PPS: We currently have schools, teachers and families from 43 countries join the Growing With Gratitude community. Our quest is 50 by the end of 2015.

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Growing With Gratitude is proud to be Included in the
KidsMatter Primary School’s Programs Guide