Did you know?
- Stress can affect children’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual well being.
- Children experience everyday stress in a different way than adults.
- Extreme stress can have a negative effect on brain development in very young children.
- Children under stress have weakened immune systems and are three times more likely to catch respiratory infections.
How can Kids Have Stress Too! help?
Research shows that even very young children can learn to manage their stress effectively. Facilitators, trained to deliver the Kids Have Stress Too! (KHST!) program, are qualified to present workshops where parents and caregivers will learn how to recognize stress in children, identify stressors, and teach kids age-appropriate stress-management techniques.
Who developed the Kids Have Stress Too! program?
KHST! is a research-based project of the Psychology Foundation of Canada. The Foundation developed KHST! in partnership with Toronto Public Health and the Toronto District School Board’s Stress Management Committee. A number of professionals from the mental health field, education and early childhood development have acted as advisors to KHST! and have participated in the evaluation process. Psychologists at York University are coordinating the evaluation research.
Included in the course fee:
- A 90-page Facilitators Resource Guide
- A Certificate of Attendance from the Psychology Foundation of Canada
- Access to the password-protected section of our website, For KHST! Facilitators, designed for information sharing and professional development
- A set of four public awareness posters on childhood stress
- Attractively produced materials for distribution to parents
- The opportunity to participate in ongoing research and evaluation
KHST! has already trained the following professionals as facilitators:
Public health nurses
Mental health service providers
Community development staff
Child care providers
Early childhood educators
Kids Have Stress Too! Is a program developed by the Psychology Foundation of Canada and delivered by Invest in Kids.