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Stop Think Do


STOP THINK DO is an Australian and now widely internationally recognised social skills programme for use in schools with children who have emotional–social–behavioural difficulties that affect their ability to make friends. It is also designed as a classroom curriculum for children to prevent such difficulties arising. It develops a positive social culture in classrooms, particularly because teachers are modelling the same skills they teach students. The academic progress of children is also facilitated by a co-operative classroom.

STOP THINK DO develops emotional and social intelligence in children as they learn how to understand and control their feelings at STOP, how to think about their options and likely consequences at THINK, how to behave appropriately at DO and how to be motivated to use these skills in all social situations in their lives. This revised and extended edition modernises this best-selling programme, incorporating current research trends, visual resources, simplified lesson formats and practical suggestions for applying the programme in regular classrooms, in small groups, for special needs students, for peer mediators, or as a whole school. Parental involvement is also strongly encouraged.

About the Resources:

The STOP THINK DO Programme consists of the following support materials and resources. Click on the ‘Choose an Option‘ dropdown menu above to find out more information and to look inside:

  • STOP THINK DO (Complete Primary Set)
  • STOP and THINK Learning: Teacher’s Guide
  • STOP THINK DO Manual: Ages 4-8
  • STOP THINK DO Manual: Ages 8-12
  • STOP THINK DO Ages 12-15
  • STOP and THINK Friendship Video Pack
  • Social Savvy (Parent’s book)
  • STOP THINK DO: Posters (Posters x 3)
  • STAD SMAOINIGH SEO LEAT (Póstaeir x 3)

About the Authors:

  • Lindy Petersen is a clinical psychologist with over 35 years of active experience working with children, adolescents, families and schools. Her main areas of interest include social skills training, learning and behaviour difficulties, attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety and behavior management training for parents and teachers.
  • Allyson Adderley has considerable experience as a classroom teacher of young children through to adolescents and as an educational consultant involved in the implementation of STOP THINK DO in Australian schools.
  • Phil Lewis has considerable experience as a teacher, deputy and principal in secondary schools in South Australia. He is an adviser and consultant on staff training, management, pastoral care and curriculum programmes, including the implementation of STOP THINK DO in secondary schools.
  • Mark LeMessurier has considerable experience as a classroom teacher, educational consultant, social skills trainer and private tutor. He received the prestigious National Excellence in Teaching Award.

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