Implement Measures to meet the emotional needs of members

Implement Measures to meet the emotional needs of members

Written on 05/15/2020

  • Implement measures to meet emotional needs of members.
    • Provide a cool down space is available within the program space for when youth need time away from the group. You want to prepare this space to accommodate multiple youth if needed, ensuring they are able to be at least 6 feet apart.
    • Provide cool down kits with sensory-friendly manipulatives such as bubbles, play-doh and squishy balls in zip lock bags labeled with each young person’s name. 
    • Create group agreements with youth and post in a visible space within the program area(s). Use these three questions to create your agreements:
      • How do you want to feel in our program space?
      • What will we do to have these feelings every day?
      • What will we do when there is conflict?
    • Hold a daily member orientation to review the agreed upon Club values, expectations and group agreements. It is a good idea to have the values and expectations posted around the Club to reinforce the members’ inclusion in the creation of the values and to have visibly available for reminders. Include the following messages:
      • Review how members and staff can remain healthy. For example, washing hands while singing the entire birthday song.
      • Create signage throughout the club that reinforces safety practices (e.g., washing hands, social distancing, etc).
      • Explain to members how staggered times for bathroom use as well as eating times will keep them safe.
      • Remind members where the medical needs area is located.
      • Make sure all members know to not make any physical contact with each other.
      • Explain why it is important for all members to remain in their designated areas.
      • Ensure members know how to move throughout the Club safely.
      • Keep in mind everyone is learning and there will be times when members forget; especially when they are having fun. Gently remind members that we need to keep our hands to ourselves, so we all stay safe and continue to have fun. 

Recognition is a important element of a high quality Club experience for members. Staff modeling will reinforce members behaviors.  Establishing rituals and routines will speed up member adoption of recognizing others success.