The Bounce Back Program, written by Helen McGrath, is a Resilience Program which is implemented in all classes across the school. Through the Bounce Back Program the children are taught the skills and attitudes that promote resilience. The students learn to use the Bounce Back strategies to help them cope and see things more positively in times of adversity and hardship. They learn that through meeting life's challenges they will grow stronger and gain personal coping skills and a sense of who they are. The skills that students learn through this program will benefit them at school and at home and encourage healthy social and emotional development in future years. The Bounce Back Acronym is listed below:
B Bad times don't last. Things get better. Stay optimistic.
O Other people can help if you talk to them. Get a reality check.
U Unhelpful thinking makes you feel more upset.
N Nobody is perfect - not you and not others.
C Concentrate on the positives (no matter how small) and use laughter
E Everybody experiences sadness, hurt, failure, rejection and setbacks sometimes. They are a normal part of life. Try not to personalise them.
B Blame fairly - how much of what happened was because of you, how much was
becauseof others and how much was because of bad luck or circumstance?
A Accept the things you can't change, but try to change what you can first.
C Catastrophising make your worries worse. Don't believe the worst possible picture.
K Keep things in perspective. It's only one part of your life.
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