Parenting Challenging Children

The following are results from schools and agencies that have implemented the Nurtured Heart Approach:

Tolson Elementary in Tucson, Arizona used to have the highest rate of suspensions in the district (eight percent of the total 336 in a district with over 60 schools).  In the six years since using the Nurtured Heart Approach school-wide, there has only been one suspension, no referrals to the court system, no referrals for ADHD evaluations and no new children on medications.  That in a Title I school of over 500 students with over 80% free and reduced lunch.  Also, need for costly special education services is down from a prior level of 15% of the student population to now only 1.2% and teacher attrition is down from over 50% per year to zero . . . along with zero bullying.  Better yet, there have been dramatic rises in all standardized test scores.
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Tucson Head Start adopted the Nurtured Heart Approach for use in all 80 classrooms for a total of over 3,000 children after successfully piloting the approach the previous year.  They went from a disproportionately high level of referrals to the mental health system in previous years to a current level of NO referrals since.  This outcome has created a great savings of human and fiscal resources.  Many of the most intense and challenging children have become the best and brightest, and observers report that the other children are flourishing well beyond normal expectations.
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A Tucson program for first offenders adopted the Nurtured Heart Approach after experiencing that other approaches hadn’t made a difference.  In fact, that entire county’s statistics showed nearly a 50% rate of recidivism and those who re-offended went on to an average of 6 subsequent crimes of increasing severity.  Previous programs in the county had not made a significant difference, also showing close to a 40% rate of recidivism.  Once adopting theNurtured Heart Approach, the court’s statistics showed that now only one in 6 children re-offended and those who did had an average of only one “lesser” crime, inferring an impact on even the toughest cases.
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David Schmuckler, LCSW
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