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Outcomes from children participating in the NUBS program include increased self-esteem, increased trust with adults, increased willingness to ask questions or express concerns about their situations, reduced anxiety, and increased optimism when discussing the future. From our years of observing the response to our program and collecting data and testimonials along the way, we have developed the following point of view on the reason for NUBS' success:
1. We have followed closely, and adopted as much as possible, the best practices of the founders of Sesame Street - that humor can be used to attract children to absorb and retain dry and even uncomfortable subjects, and that "virtual" characters can have a strong impact, provided they are tested through the appropriate focus audiences. Mixed with heart and compassion, children find the "House of Nubs" to be a nurturing, safe, and fun environment to consider their personal challenges and triumphs.
2. We utilize a range of animals that are not common to most children. We immediately grab and hold their attention. Further, the majority of our characters are birds because they are easy to "humanize" to children, and draw parallels between their lives and situations. Birds are upright, charismatic and engaging, and trainable to a variety of props and settings that children relate to. Birds can be fearful to children, however, which is why we specifically utilize birds who are smaller in size, and are exceptionally sweet-natured.
3. We have focused our program development on child survivors of trauma with the belief that if we can reach them, we can reach them all, as ultimately all children stand to benefit resiliency training. We have years of direct experience with hundreds - possibly thousands - of children living in group foster care and homeless shelters, children with disabilities, children who have suffered the death of a close loved one, children who have suffered physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and children who have a wide host of psychological problems. We have maintained a very diverse demographic blend of of race and gender/ gender identification/ sexual preference, while putting a high focus on low income and underserved communities. Working with children who are critically in need of resiliency skills as helped us establish a program that can work for all children within our target age range, regardless of the level, or existence of, trauma they may have faced.
4. We are REAL. The House of Nubs actually is a place where animals can go to bravely take a second chance at life. And while their lives have not been easy or fair, they are ready to confront their pasts and look to their futures. Our social media channels have been an excellent resource for children and parents who have discovered our books and other curriculum to follow along, and develop deeper connections with the characters and their everyday lives. Additionally, we answer the hundreds of letters we receive from children personally. Our reality element brings us credibility with children. We create a level of trust and belief in us such that we do not feel could be replicated using a different format .
NUBS programming is backed by scientific data. We develop our materials based on the the clinical research conducted by the renowned Penn Resiliency Program, and then validate all of our content through a committee made up of social workers, psychologists, therapists, and educators. Penn State's research laid the foundation for a statistically proven understanding of "resiliency" as we know it today. They demonstrated that not only is resiliency a teachable skill, but that children are most receptive to adopting these skills between the ages of 6 and 11 years old. Validated psychological scales are also available to test within these ranges for several resiliency traits. It is for both these reasons that NUBS can measure our outcomes.
Resiliency is the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or other traumatic events. Resiliency building has been discussed in scientific literature since the mid-1980's, yet is still not a part of the vast majority of children's educational programs.
Our characters (human and animals) are developed - and validated with focus groups of children representing a variety of market segments - to address each of the seven critical attributes associated with resilience:
EMOTIONAL REGULATION: The ability to keep calm under pressure and express emotions in a way that helps the situation
IMPULSE CONTROL: The ability to stop and choose whether to act on the desire to take action; also the ability to delay gratification and persevere.
CAUSAL ANALYSIS: The ability to analyze problems and accurately decide what the causes are.
EMPATHY: The ability to understand the feelings and needs of another person.
REALISTIC OPTIMISM: The ability to keep a positive outlook without denying reality.
SELF-EFFICACY: The belief that one has the ability to solve problems and handle stress; the ability to persevere.
REACHING OUT: The ability to take new opportunities and reach out to each other.
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