Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS)
Goals: To promote emotional and social competencies and reducing aggressive and behavior problems in students.
Target Outcomes: For children to be able to react in productive and competent ways to changes, school work, social situations and behavioral issues.
Populations: All elementary age students in regular or special needs classrooms should be initiated at entrance to school and continued through 5th grade.
Problem: Childhood aggression and behavioral problems and a lack of knowledge of how to deal with these issues.
- Program taught 3x a week
- provides teachers with curriculum for the prevention of violence and the promotion of self control and positive peer relations
- lessons include learning about and identifying feelings
- teachers receive 2-3 days of training and weekly meeting with the program coordinator
- $15-$45 per student per year
- Higher cost involves an on site coordinator, and lower involves using current staff
- Improved self control
- Improved understanding and recognition of emotions
- Increased ability to tolerate frustration
- Use of effective conflict resolution strategies
- Increased thinking and planning skills
- Decreased anxiety/depression symptoms, behavioral problems
- Decreased sadness/depression and aggression