The Dinosaur Social Skills and Problem Solving Curriculum
The Dinosaur Social Skills and Problem Solving Curriculum is a child training curriculum that strengthens children’s social, emotional, and academic competencies such as understanding and communicating feelings, using effective problem solving strategies, managing anger, practicing friendship and conversational skills, as well as appropriate classroom behaviours.
There are two versions of the Dinosaur Social Skills and Problem Solving Programme.
A prevention version, the Classroom Dina Programme and an intervention version, the Small Group Dina Programme.
Incredible Years® Classroom Dina Training Programme
The Classroom Dina is delivered 2-3 times a week by facilitators/teachers in the classroom. It consists of 20-30 minute circle time lessons, which incorporate the use of small group practice activities to promote key skills. Within the school context, these concepts can usefully be reinforced throughout the day. Similarly, this programme can be useful within the school as well as preschools and early-years services.
Incredible Years® Small Group Dina Training Programme
This intervention is appropriate for use with small groups of children (no more than 6) experiencing behaviour problems (from pre-school to eight years). This can be used as a pull-out intervention strategy within the school environment, as well as with after-school interventions, and family resource centres.
Classroom Dina Three day training, additional Peer Support over course of programme delivery recommended (4-6 sessions).
Small Group Dina Three day training, additional Peer Support over course of programme delivery recommended (4-6 sessions).
Classroom Dina delivered 2-3 times a week by facilitators/teachers in the classroom. It consists of 20-30 minute circle time lessons.
Small Group Dina 2hr once a week session across 20-22 weeks.
Support for Group Leaders in programme delivery and support them to work towards accreditation. Peer Support is conducted with a small group (max. 4) and the focus of the session is on tape review. Leaders present video clips of themselves delivering the programme for feedback and support. Maximum 4 Group Leaders per session (2 sessions per day).
Who delivers the programme?
Classroom Dina Programme: Typically the Classroom Dina Programme is delivered by teachers in the classroom. However it can also be co-facilitated by a teacher and classroom assistant or other support staff who have a remit to work in schools during school-time (e.g. School Completion Programme Project Workers)
Small Group Dina Programme: The Small Group Dina Programme can be delivered within school-time, typically it would be delivered by resource teachers or staff who can take children out of class for the 2hr session. As an after-school programme the Small Group Dina has been used by CAMHS, School Completion Programme, Family Resource Centres and more.
For large groups or on-site training please email Archways