Researchers at the ASU REACH Institute have developed several evidence-based programs that focus on improving the lives of children and families. These programs are featured below.
Parenting is a tough job. Long-term stress caused by demanding jobs or situations such as military deployment creates unique challenges for parents and their children. The ADAPT™ program is an evidence-based parenting model giving parents tools to be their children’s best teachers, reduce stressors, and improve family and individual wellness.
Amazing Me Program
The Amazing Me Program aims to help elementary school children between the ages of 9 and 11 build self-esteem and body confidence, so they may reach their full potential. The curriculum incorporates evidence-based tools for teachers to implement in 4th and 5th grade classrooms and satisfies national educational health requirements. The goals of Amazing Me are to help children increase body confidence and reduce weight-based teasing and bullying. At its core, Amazing Me teaches students to be kind to themselves, their bodies, and to others.
Bridges brings students and parents together in a series of engaging, structured group meetings to affirm their commitment to educational success. It is a family-oriented program for middle school students and their parents and was designed to increase school engagement and achievement, strengthen family-school linkages, and prevent adolescents’ social, emotional, and behavioral problems.
Compass for Courage
Compass for Courage is a brief tier-2 social emotional learning curriculum designed for K-8 schools to support their students struggling with anxiety, worries, fear, or stress. COMPASS uses collaborative game-based learning to teach students research-backed strategies to manage worries, solve problems, build relationships, and face stressful situations with confidence. The six-lesson curriculum also has been shown to improve grades and test scores, increase teacher instructional time, and reduce student out-of-classroom time (e.g., absences, nurse visits).
My Hair My Crown
Girls as young as 8 years old report not liking their natural hair and being teased and bullied because of it. The My Hair My Crown workshop is designed to help girls between the ages of 11 and 14 years boost self-esteem, hair satisfaction, and acceptance.
New Beginnings Program
The New Beginnings Program for Divorcing and Separating Families (NBP) teaches parents relationship-building and communication skills and helps them to employ effective discipline and keep children out of the middle of conflict between the parents. By supporting mothers and fathers in the use of these skills, the program helps children adjust positively to parental divorce or separation.
Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families: From Science to Service
The Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families (RPBF) Program is a 10-session group program for caregivers of children who have experienced the death of a parent.