August's Theme:

Prevention Skills

Choose: Pick 1-2 topics and skills to focus on this month

Slide: Use the Calendar for scheduling prevention activities.

Scroll: Use the links below for Activity Ideas and Resources.

Topics: About the Brain, Risky Behavior, Illicit Drug Use

Skills: Executive Function Skills, Refusal Skills

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Activity Ideas

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August

National Wellness Month

BrainAbouts suggests a wellness symposium with a vareity of wellness activities, a wellness pledge & challenge, in-class video/discussion, and family information communication.

Morning Announcement

Family Communication

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August 8-14

National Exercise with Your Child Week

BrainAbouts suggests an information booth, an activity challenge, and family information communication.

Morning Announcement

Family Communication

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August 12

International Youth Day

To encourage club and organization participation, BrainAbouts suggests watching the video below, announcing available school or community club activities, directing students to the BrainAbouts Student Home Page, discussing what youth engagement means to students and family information communication. 

Morning Announcement

Family Communication

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August 15

National Relaxation Day

BrainAbouts suggests hosting a relaxation room or event to teach a variety of relaxation techniques and family information communication.

Morning Announcement

Family Communication

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August 25-31

Be Kind to Humankind Week

BrainAbouts suggests engaging students in a daily kindness challenge and family information communication.

Morning Announcement

Family Communication

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August 31

International Overdose Awareness Day

BrainAbouts suggests a poster campaign, watch the BrainAbouts video About Illicit Street Drugs in-class video, use the BrainAbouts handouts to generate discussion and send family information communication.

Morning Announcement

Family Communication

BrainAbouts: About Illicit Street Drugs

Activity Resources

BrainAbouts Videos

For Back to School, BrainAbouts suggests beginning the year by watching About the Brain and About the Brain & Risky Behavior to set the stage for your prevention program. These two videos offer the science behind the reason to say 'no' to high-risk behavior: to protect the developing brain. Use the BrainAbouts Handouts in-class and at home as a discussion guide.

Skill Building

Executive Function Skills

Use the BrainAbouts Executive Function (EF) Skills Handout to teach the definitions and principles of these vital Frontal Lobe Skills. Ask students to rate their EF skills and discuss their strengths and areas for improvement.

Refusal Skills

Use the BrainAbouts Resisting Social Pressure Handouts to learn about the two types os social pressure and the effects of each. Watch the video below. Define refusal skills and practice resisting negative social pressure to keep the brain growing and developing.