Erik’s school district (Santa Monica, CA) asked us to create a prevention awareness training for middle schoolers that would (i) educate without graphic content, (ii) emphasize skills for kids on how to avoid participation, and (iii) that the presentation be less than 10 minutes long to provide ample discussion time. We had our work cut out for us – to present the material in a format that would be brief yet informative enough to have impact and spark an interactive dialogue.
It has been an evolutionary process – with considerable input from a diverse multitude of people: educators, prevention trainers, teachers, therapists, psychiatrists, physicians, pediatricians, media professionals, and garden-variety parents and kids. The result is “Help Stop the Choking Game” – a touchstone for a meaningful skills-building discussion with kids about choking game dangers as well as how not to participate.
Along with the Video is an interactive question/answer Introductory Presentation to engage kids in a healthy discussion. It works well in a classroom setting, an assembly, or at home between parents and kids. We've also developed a Teacher Training format which is versatile and flexible enough for any teacher to successfully lead a discussion with kids. We now have a comprehensive Training Manual available.
Research supports this skills-based approach in addressing other types of risk prevention:
- CDC: Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum
- Prevention First: The Ineffectiveness of Fear Appeals
While many of the handouts are available free of charge on the Downloads page of this site, we ask for a modest donation to help you implement the program in your school. We also ask that you maintain contact with us so we can provide assistance, as well as receive feedback so we can (i) continue to collect valuable statistics as to the effectiveness of our training, and (ii) continually review and improve our material.
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