FocusedKids Intensive

If you are a parent, teacher or caregiver for young children with special needs, and you want to help them develop healthy life skills, you are in the right place! Thanks to a three-year grant from the Colorado Health Foundation in October, 2019, we are developing a module in our curriculum especially for these kids. Our target begins with the preschool population because we believe helping them early on with the skills of calming, focusing, and self-regulation while their brain is most pliable, will produce better outcomes for them.

What We Know...

The population of children with special needs entering public school classrooms is increasing. These include children on the spectrum as well as children with traumatic experiences and toxic living environments. From the current research in child development, we know that along with positive, healthy relationships with caregivers, children need skills that are repeated and intentional to develop a healthy brain. There are certain neuro-connections in their brain required for them to be able to calm themselves, pay attention, delay gratification, and contain urges to react or self-regulate. Their brain is wired to learn these skills, but they must practice, many times, certain behaviors for success. FocusedKids provides a framework for this learning, and for children with special needs, we are providing more practice of the same strategies. Training occurs daily in the general classroom with their peers, and in an additional 15-minute pull-out group, once a week.

What the teachers are saying...

"We love FocusedKids. Even the kids with difficulties are responding to the techniques, and are having success using them." Lori Brumbaugh, Preschool Site Director, Glenwood Springs Elementary School.

Learn More About This Work

To see the FocusedKids Intensive implementation guide and curriculum...