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Every Moment Counts: Promoting Participation and Mental Health Throughout the Day
Small moments make a big difference in how children feel and function in school. Research confirms that positive interactions and experiences (e.g., enjoying lunch, having fun during recess) help children to feel positive and connected to school. Every Moment Counts is a mental health promotion initiative developed to help all children/youths become mentally healthy in order to succeed in school, at home, and in the community. Participants will learn about a multi-tiered public health approach to mental health involving promotion, prevention, and intervention and will be introduced to Every Moment Counts’ activity-based programs: Comfortable Cafeteria, Refreshing Recess, Calm Moments Cards, and Making Leisure Matter. Practical examples of collaborative services (OT, PT, SLP, teachers) integrated in academic (classroom) and non-academic (cafeteria, recess, art, etc.) settings will be shared. Creative strategies for helping youths to participate in meaningful, community-based leisure will be provided. An overview of website resources will be provided as well as strategies for building capacity of school personnel to do this work.

Jun 3, 2022 08:00 AM in Arizona

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