I have a 10 year-old son who is autistic and a 7 year-olddaughter and have been looking for resources to teach safety to our kids without fear and without discrimination. When I looked for info on the web, I found the excellent Kidpower web site and books. My son and daughter and I read the cover page of the coloring book last night, and they coloured it in. We are now practicing that page.
As I looked through the Kidpower book, I recognized how much it can help my children. My son, being autistic, doesn't always know the best way to solve a problem. They say that social stories help autistic kids learn what to do. And I find that each page of the Kidpower safety book is like a social story. It gives examples of what to do and not do (with your hands), and what to say.
I'm sure these Kidpower stories and skills will give my son the knowledge and self-confidence he needs to act in appropriate ways in the future when someone disrespects him or doesn't follow the rules.
The Kidpower website and program provide an important service that can help many families.
My 11 year old daughter and I took the course last weekend and I was impressed. Kidpower did a great job of arming the kids in the class with the confidence and tools to keep themselves safe without scaring them. They also opened the door to talking about safety and increased independence with parents. I loved that one of the first things the instructor said was that in order for kids to be aware they had to put away their cell phones - thank you!
I took a Kidpower class with my son (age 11).
This is a very well put-together class taught by very experienced teachers.
It is obvious that the material has been fine-tuned and perfected over the years
with input from various experts. The take-home materials allow parents to continue
and solidify the lessons imparted in the class. The price is very fair.
I'm going to recommend this organization to my friends. They are providing a very
I have taken a few Kidpower classes, and the skills have really helped me feel much safer and more comfortable both out in public and in my personal relationships. My Kidpower skills give me the confidence of knowing how to avoid problems when possible, and how to keep myself safe if a problem is unavoidable. Because of these skills I am not afraid to go out and about and I cannot overstate what a wonderful set of skills Kidpower teaches in a safe, non-threatening environment. The teachers were warm and friendly and were helpful answering questions and explaining the material. I am very pleased with my experiences with Kidpower and would recommend them highly to anyone looking to take a personal safety class. Kidpower is awesome!
My girlfriend and I took a Fullpower course several months ago after several increasingly scary incidents that we encountered both in the small city of Santa Cruz and in SF. Even with a background in martial arts and wrestling, I still got A LOT out of the physical skills presented at the workshop. The padded instructors are incredibly skilled individuals who generally do this as a second job, because THEY CARE about the safety of the community at large.
The verbal skills presented are invaluable for all ages, and I immediately noticed a changed in my girlfriend's perception of potentially dangerous situations and quick thinking in the event that someone might approach her at night. It has given both of us a peace of mind and I would recommend the workshop to not only all children, but adults as well.
We are so grateful to have Kidpower skills and vocabulary as an integral part of our family dialogue about not just safety, but also relationships. This morning my 5-year-old daughter said, "Mom, I have to tell you something about safety." I used my get-centered power and I smiled at her and said, "tell me all about it." She told me about some teasing and mean language among some of the kids at school and she wanted to know what some of the words meant. We had a talk on the way to school about friendship, how problems don't have to be secrets, using and teaching others the Kidpower trash can, and standing up for what is right. By the time we got to school for drop-off she was telling me she was ready to speak up if it happened again and help the kids who were getting teased. She had the words to say and the confidence to say them. She was smiling and happy and excited for her day. Thank you Kidpower!
I use Kidpower skills with my 23-month old daughter ALL THE TIME! Just last weekend, when we were on a family trip, we used the Kidpower Safety Signs with her constantly. Every time I pat my arm, she remembers that she needs to "Check First" with mom and dad. She also uses "Hands Down Power" when we're around things we don't want her to touch. These may sound like little things, but they make a big difference in our lives as parents!
I have had Kidpower in my classroom twice now, and have been pleased and impressed with how fast students learn the skills; how easily they incorporate them into their daily school interactions, and how simple the skills are for me to keep relevant. With all the talk about bullying these days it is heartening and hopeful to see that this organization can actually make a positive difference for our kids. Where other groups simply talk and process a lot - Kidpower gives kids actual steps to take when confronted with a bullying situation. I believe this is the only way we'll see real change!
Kid Power is an amazing resource for everyone! All their work to end bullying with helpful stories and advice helped me as teacher work to create a safe place in my school and beyond.
My daughter has taken 3 KidPower Classes and as a result of what she learned a much more confident and competent fourteen year old. I found the self defense portion of the class so valuable. Kidpower has found the perfect recipe of how to explain to a child that scary things can happen without scaring them. Instead Kidpower empowers children. They were able to explain and teach in ways that I as a parent could not master.
Thank you kidpower. You are saving lives and helping us to raise children who thrive.