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On Applebee Pond

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Service Definition (Program Description) On Applebee Pond is a researched based curriculum designed by the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission, Inc. In designing and developing the “On Applebee Pond” prevention curriculum Mercer County used as its foundation the prevention research that supports the identifying of risk factors and the strengthening of resiliency factors in children. OAP curriculum is targeted for pre-school, elementary and junior / senior high school students. OAP is designed as a cross-age teaching mechanism as the secondary level student facilitates the program which aids the pre-school and elementary age child in developing positive life skills. This puppet based program affords the opportunity to engage the students in prevention education simultaneously.

OAP is a comprehensive program with accompanying activities that allow the students to visually and audibly capture the content, interactively apply the information and demonstrate or model the skill learned. Pre / post tests and alternative assessment measures are included for measurement this purposes.

The program contains units of material that cover the following skills and information:

SELF ESTEEM – Pre-K & Grade 1 Grades 2-3

  • Awareness of our feelings and the feelings of others
  • Name calling
  • Being a good buddy
  • Coping with uncomfortable feelings
  • Things we can change and things we cannot change
  • Stress

SOCIAL SKILLS – Pre-K & Grade 1 Grades 2-3

  • How to ask for what you want
    • Look the person in the eyes
    • Say the person’s name
    • Ask for what you want, remember to say “please”
    • If they say “yes”, remember to say “thank you”
  • Coping skills should someone tell you “no”
  • Exploring reasons someone might say “no”
  • Alternative activities should someone tell you “no”

DRUG & ALCOHOL – Pre-K & Grade 1 Grades 2-3

  • Identifying feelings
  • Events that produce good feelings and bad feelings
  • Peer pressure
  • Facts about drugs
  • Reinforcement of say no/go/and tell
  • Poison and medicine safety
  • Asking for help
  • Alcohol and other drug addiction as an illness
  • Addiction in the family
  • Importance of sharing your feelings

PEACEMAKING – Grades 2-3

  • Conflict resolution using “Cool Clues”
    • Using the word “I”, state the problem
    • State the problem as the other person sees it
    • Tell how you are responsible for the problem
    • Brainstorm and choose a better solution
  • Exploring feelings
  • Understanding feelings
  • The importance of being a peacemaker at home, school and play
  • Qualities of a peacemaker

TOBACCO TIPS – Grades 2-3

  • Health risks to using tobacco
  • Identifying feelings
  • Relating feelings to behaviors
  • Exploring advertising
  • Facts about tobacco use

How To Obtain This Program
OAP is available for purchase by contacting the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission, Inc. 724-662-1550