STANDING STRONG FAQs
HOW DOES STANDING STRONG WORK?
There are three programs available depending on your child's age. STRONG Little Ones (5-7yrs), STRONG Juniors (8-10yrs) and STRONG Tweens/Teens (11-16yrs). The program is a 9 week term based program. Each term coincides with the school term and starts on either the first or second week after school goes back. The program content for each term is slightly different so this program is excellent as an ongoing experience and girls can join in any term and continue on for as long as they wish.
Strength From Within Workshops are 5 hour based workshops held generally during school holidays, but also keep an eye out for mid-term workshops. Girls who are already enrolled in the term based program can attend, along with any new participants. The workshop may be seen as a great opportunity to trial Standing Strong before committing to a term program.
HOW IS STANDING STRONG DIFFERENT TO OTHER PROGRAMS?
- Every licensee is supported by a team of experts and are trained instructors offering the best quality health and wellbeing information for girls.
- Each class takes a holistic approach to wellbeing using three core components in every class of Strong Body (exercise and movement), Strong Mind (discussion and mindset), Strong Heart (Relaxation and Mindfulness)
- We take a Child Centred Approach and is Non-Clinical, which is based on building strong connections where young people feel safe, comfortable, supported and empowered.
- We know how to connect with girls the right way to inspire and empower them to be their best.
- Our community of support ensures girls feel comfortable and welcome, and our ‘Club’ approach helps girls to feel like they belong.
- We are realistic in terms of the time it takes to develop new skills, mindsets and positive habits. We are not a quick fix solution and instead focus on consistency, accessibility and positive long lasting results.
MY DAUGHTER HAS ANXIETY, CAN YOU HELP HER?
Yes definitely! Many of our girls suffer with Anxiety and this is something we are very sensitive to. We help all girls to feel comfortable, welcomed and at ease. We pride ourselves in our Duty of Care and commitment to supporting all girls. For girls who are suffering with Anxiety we ensure they are set up to work at their individual comfort level.
MY DAUGHTER HAS DEPRESSION, CAN YOU SUPPORT HER?
Yes, we can definitely support your daughter. The challenge we may come across is if your daughter is withdrawing and does not want to be a part of a group setting, which often happens with depression. We offer a very positive and uplifting environment and it is our responsibility to maintain this for the group as a whole. We love supporting girls who are having difficult times, however we are aware that we can’t always support everyone to the level they may need. Standing Strong is an excellent way to offer your daughter a positive and uplifting environment yet if she is suffering from Depression, parents may need to consider additional support from a qualified medical practitioner.
MY DAUGHTER HAS A LEARNING OR PHYSICAL DISABILITY, CAN YOU SUPPORT HER?
Of course! We welcome every girl into our Club. In the best interest of your daughter we would offer her a free trial to see how she likes it and to see if it’s a positive fit for her. We would give you individual advice and support and look at the best options with you.
MY DAUGHTER IS HAPPY AND CONFIDENT AND HASN'T HAD ANY MAJOR CHALLENGES, IS THIS PROGRAM FOR HER?
Yes! Standing Strong is a preventive and pro-active program. We are designed to support girls before they have any major health and wellbeing challenges. Standing Strong works best when girls join before any difficult times start, this way they can build a strong support network and feel empowered and confident if and when challenges occur.
I’M KEEN BUT MY DAUGHTER IS NOT, HOW CAN I GET HER IN?
Girls can be hesitant and or resistant when considering Standing Strong. This is primarily to do with their past experiences with groups of girls they don’t know. It can be very overwhelming and out of their comfort zone, especially if they don’t know anyone at the Club. We always say to parents, if you can get your daughter to the Club we can support her from there, the toughest challenge may be getting her to the Club’. Once girls see first-hand what our Club and classes are like, they love it - they just need to overcome that initial fear and that’s where parents can help.
MY DAUGHTER IS WORRIED SHE WON'T FIT IN, HOW WILL YOU HELP HER?
Most girls feel this way and worry when they think about coming to Standing Strong for the first time. This is normal and understandable. We have a very close, positive and uplifting culture at Standing Strong and our girls are always so supportive and welcoming of new girls. If you daughter is worried she won't fit in, all you need to do is bring her along so we can show her how lovely, kind and welcoming our Club is.
MY DAUGHTER DOESN'T WANT TO TALK TO OTHER GIRLS ABOUT HER PROBLEMS, AND IS WORRIED SHE’LL BE TEASED. WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
One of the many great things about Standing Strong is that no one ever has to say or do anything they don’t want to. Your daughter can easily be a part of our classes without sharing her own experiences. We find most girls are hesitant at first but once they feel comfortable and experience how comforting, kind and supportive our staff and girls are, they soon feel comfortable to open up and connect. This is all done in their own time though, when and if they feel ready.
MY DAUGHTER IS SUFFERING SEVERELY AND HAS DISENGAGED FROM SCHOOL AND FAMILY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO ANYMORE, SHE WON’T TALK TO ANYONE, IS THIS PROGRAM FOR HER?
Standing Strong is a pro-active and preventative program and is designed to support and educate girls before they experience major challenges. Unfortunately, we have found girls who are experiencing major challenges often feel they need greater one to one support than what we can offer in our group classes. As we have a strong Duty of Care to everyone at Standing Strong it is our responsibility to make sure everyone feels comfortable and happy, this includes girls with and without major challenges. We would recommend you consider one to one sessions for your daughter or would be happy to refer you to another program which can offer more specialised support.
MY DAUGHTER IS SHY, WILL THIS BE TOO MUCH FOR HER?
We have many girls who come along who are shy or introverted. We are very sensitive to this and understand an extra level of comfort and gentleness is required. We love welcoming shyer girls and always do our best to help girls feel comfortable and welcomed. There are no expectations and girls never have to talk or interact at a level they are not comfortable with. For example if your daughter would just like to sit in a bean bag and watch until she feels comfortable that’s totally ok, our staff and girls understand and fully support this.