A 5th Grade Classroom

Instructors can adapt S.T.O.P. and Relax© lessons and methods for various school settings: small-group, large-group, designated room, classroom, preschool through high school, and varying ability levels.

This example features 5th grade students, giving feedback in their own words. Their teacher initiated S.T.O.P. and Relax© in his classroom to help alleviate their anxiety about taking a high-stakes State examination. This diverse class included general education students and special education students with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and emotional difficulties. The whole class participated in 30-minute lessons once a week for 8 weeks. To adapt to the classroom setting, lessons used standing and seated postures, as there was insufficient floor space for other postures.

A week after the test, the teacher asked the students to write about how S.T.O.P. and Relax© had helped them. The responses were overwhelmingly positive!

Students applied their new self-calming skills
to the test:
“I was about to take the test. I was very stressed. But I remembered ‘S.T.O.P.’ When I was done with the positions I was very relaxed.” – Brendan
“I had to use ‘S.T.O.P.’ when I came to a problem I didn’t know.” – Norval
their relationships:
“I know it works because when I get mad at my sister, I use it. Trust me, it works really good.” – Jayna
“She was taking my stuff without permission. While I was arguing with her, I remembered. I did ‘S.T.O.P.’ and I felt better.” – Ataliana
and their recreational activities:
“Every Saturday I use it for bowling.” – Jennifer
“When I was playing my video game I was stuck on a part and I used ‘S.T.O.P.’ to help me beat the part of the level. It worked.” – Eric
One student showed his mother how to relax:
“My mom was stressed, so I taught her to ‘S.T.O.P.’ and that really helped her to calm down.” – Angello
The students are thrilled with their success and are continuing their self-calming practice!
“I don’t know how they did it but they made relaxation work.” – Luke

About Dr. Debra Collins

Dr.Debra Krodman-Collins is a Florida licensed psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training. Dr. Collins has conducted presentations for local, state, national, and international conferences. Her collaboration on the S.T.O.P. and Relax© program was inspired by her work with children with autism spectrum disorders.

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