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 (11-13yrs). 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 and boys can join in any term and continue on for as long as they wish.
Strength From Within Workshops and Friendship Formula Workshops are 5 hour based workshops held generally during school holidays, but also keep an eye out for mid-term workshops. Girls and boys 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 children.
- 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 and boys the right way to inspire and empower them to be their best.
- Our community of support ensures children feel comfortable and welcome, and our ‘Club’ approach helps kids 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 CHILD HAS ANXIETY, CAN YOU HELP THEM?
Yes definitely! Many of our girls & boys suffer with Anxiety and this is something we are very sensitive to. We help all children to feel comfortable, welcomed and at ease. We pride ourselves in our Duty of Care and commitment to supporting all children in the class. For children who are suffering with Anxiety we ensure they are set up to work at their individual comfort level.
MY CHILD HAS DEPRESSION, CAN YOU SUPPORT THEM?
Yes, we can definitely support your child. The challenge we may come across is if your daughter or son 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 children 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 or son a positive and uplifting environment yet if they are suffering from Depression, parents may need to consider additional support from a qualified medical practitioner.
MY CHILD HAS A LEARNING OR PHYSICAL DISABILITY, CAN YOU SUPPORT THEM?
Where possible, we welcome every child into our Club.
We currently do have a restriction on wheelchair bathroom access at "Lillian's Place", Carina, however our Morningside and Kallangur venues have wheelchair facilities.
In the best interest of your daughter or son we would offer a free trial to see how they like it and to see if it’s a positive fit for them. We would give you individual advice and support and look at the best options with you.
The main consideration is that we offer a very positive and uplifting group environment and it is our responsibility to maintain this for the group as a whole. We love supporting children with additional needs, however we are aware that we can’t always support everyone to the level they may need.
MY CHILD IS HAPPY AND CONFIDENT AND HASN'T HAD ANY MAJOR CHALLENGES, IS THIS PROGRAM FOR THEM?
Yes! Standing Strong is a preventive and pro-active program. We are designed to support girls and boys before they have any major health and wellbeing challenges. Standing Strong works best when children 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 CHILD IS NOT, HOW CAN I GET THEM IN?
Children can be hesitant and / or resistant when considering Standing Strong. This is primarily to do with their past experiences with groups they don’t know. It can be very overwhelming, and out of their comfort zone, especially if they don’t know anyone at Lemonade Kids. We always say to parents, if you can get your daughter or son to us we can support them from there, the toughest challenge may be getting them to Lemonade Kids. Once kids see first-hand what Lemonade Kids and classes are like, they love it - they just need to overcome that initial fear and that’s where parents can help.
MY CHILD IS WORRIED THEY WON'T FIT IN, HOW WILL YOU HELP THEM?
Most children 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 and boys are always so supportive and welcoming of new kids. If your child is worried they won't fit in, all you need to do is bring them along so we can show them how lovely, kind and welcoming our Club is.
MY CHILD DOESN'T WANT TO TALK TO OTHER GIRLS OR BOYS ABOUT THEIR PROBLEMS, AND IS WORRIED THEY’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 or son can easily be a part of our classes without sharing their own experiences. We find most children are hesitant at first but once they feel comfortable and experience how comforting, kind and supportive our staff and other girls and boys 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 CHILD IS SUFFERING SEVERELY AND HAS DISENGAGED FROM SCHOOL AND FAMILY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO ANYMORE, THEY WON’T TALK TO ANYONE, IS THIS PROGRAM FOR THEM?
Standing Strong is a pro-active and preventative program and is designed to support and educate children before they experience major challenges. Unfortunately, we have found girls and boys 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 children with and without major challenges.
MY CHILD IS SHY, WILL THIS BE TOO MUCH FOR THEM?
We have many children 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 boys and always do our best to help them feel comfortable and welcomed. There are no expectations and kids never have to talk or interact at a level they are not comfortable with. For example if your daughter or son would just like to sit on her yoga mat or on the couch and watch until they feel comfortable that’s totally ok, our staff understand and fully support this.
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