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
“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