Success Stories

Ask Ed was tested thoroughly in schools and homes prior to its public release. During this period we received great feedback from kids, parents and teachers alike.

Read on for examples of how Ask Ed has made a difference to kids lives.

 

Who: Year 7 student

Problem: A member of my family has been struggling to get out of bed and making mornings a problem and is not attending school. (Sibling in Year 9)

‘It affects the whole family in the morning because if you feel bad in the morning you feel bad all day.’

Child rating of problem: 5

Feelings: Disappointed but I will keep going

Ideas: Combination of ideas suggested by teacher and those raised by the child. Only ideas the child accepted were documented

– Write a letter telling them how I feel

– l need to keep going in my work

The student had no ideas about what to do.

Feedback at close of session: Felt good to work through my problem, I really like the program.

Feedback after session: Follow up two weeks later, feedback provided by the child.

A letter was written to the sibling explaining how the behaviour was affecting everyone at home, ‘we felt bad in the morning.’

When I revisited the classroom the student passed me a small thank you note. He stated that his sibling had started coming to school more regularly.
‘Ask Ed gave me the opportunity to do something about it.’

Who: Year 3 student

Problem: I feel anxious about things.

After discussion the student revealed that she suffered from anxiety. ‘Mum has to walk me to the classroom door every morning. Mum calls me a ‘worry wart’. We discussed the Catastrophe Scale and how it works.

Child rating of problem: 4

Feelings: I am upset and need some help.

Ideas: Combination of ideas suggested by teacher and those raised by the child. Only ideas the child accepted were documented

– Get a copy of the Catastrophe Scale to help me

– Use the Catastrophe Scale to help me put things in perspective

– Don’t make things seem bigger that they are

– Think, what is the worst thing that can happen if …

Feedback at close of session: That was fun. I liked using Ask Ed.

Child was relaxed and smiling.

Feedback after session: Follow up two weeks later, feedback provided by the child.

When revisiting the classroom the student walked over quickly and stood expectantly next to me, I could tell she wanted to tell me something.

‘Guess what, mum doesn’t drop me off at the classroom door any more – I kiss her goodbye at the car and walk in by myself. I use the Catastrophe Scale, (I gave her a copy to use), it makes things seem smaller, it helps me calm down, I use the scale at home all the time.’

The classroom teacher stated that the student was happier and relaxed in class and the parent feedback was extremely positive.

 

Who: Year 3 student

Problem: My Dad is always working late and I don’t get to see him.

Child rating of problem: 4

Feelings: Hurt and a bit sad

Ideas: Combination of ideas suggested by teacher and those raised by the child. Only ideas the child accepted were documented

– When I do get to see my dad I will make the most of it

– Ask Dad if he could maybe take a day off to spend with me

– I could organize a play date with my Dad

– We could get some yummy food and go to a favourite place to talk

– Take me and my older sister to his office and we could watch a movie

– I could cook with Dad

Feedback at close of session: That was good. I liked using the program.

Feedback after session: Follow up two weeks later, feedback provided by the child.

We went to the Plaza shopping centre and talked about doing things again. I did some cooking with Dad.

 

Who: Year 2 student

Problem: My brother hurts me.

Child rating of problem: 6

Feelings: I am angry but I know it’s important to sort this out.

Ideas: Combination of ideas suggested by teacher and those raised by the child. Only ideas the child accepted were documented.

– Play Minecraft together

– Tell my Mum

Feedback after session: Follow up two weeks later, feedback provided by the child.

I showed Mum my Ask Ed report and she talked to my brother. We played Mine Craft and we had fun.

‘Ask Ed is great if you have a problem that you are too scared to talk about because you can print it off and show your parents’.

 

Who: Three and half year old child had started at a new child care centre and didn’t want to go back.

Problem: I don’t know anyone

Child rating of problem: 10

Feelings: I am feeling not good

Ideas: Combination of ideas suggested and those raised by the child. Only ideas the child accepted were documented.

– Ask somebody to play with me.

Feedback after session: Follow up three days later after child attended Child Care. Parent emailed a movie of the child telling their story.

‘I um, said someone to play with me, um and it ‘workded’ bery good.’

 

Who: Prep student was being held by a teacher after running from classroom. Both were visibly upset. Offered to use Ask Ed. Student calmed down when they sighted the ipad and happily worked through the process.

Problem: The words at the bottom were too hard to read and I couldn’t cut and paste them

Child rating of problem: 4

Feelings: I am feeling sad

Ideas: Combination of ideas suggested by teacher and those raised by the child. Only ideas the child accepted were documented

–       Ask someone to help me

–       Ask my teacher to help me

–       Give it a go

Feedback after session: Student returned to classroom with their copy of the Ask Ed report. Showed their teacher and happily went back to work. Followed up 15 minutes later to see progress, student happily working on activity.

 

Who: Four year old – Dad was playing legos with the child then had to leave for a meeting. Child started crying loudly and protesting,

‘I can’t make legos on my own. I need you to help me build legos. I can’t do it by myself.’

Problem: I can’t make legos on my own

Child Rating of Problem: 3 – Crying has stopped

Feelings: Sad and I need hug

Ideas: Combination of ideas suggested by parent and those raised by the child. Only ideas the child accepted were documented

– Try by myself,

– Ask someone else to help,

– Wait till you come back and then play legos

Child raced off to the playroom, sat down, picked up a Lego piece and said, ‘I found it’. Smiles all round.

Dad said, ‘What about your hug’. Child returned for the hug and Dad went to his meeting, a happy outcome for all.

 

Who: Year 5 student

Problem: Child was concerned about a younger member of the family who has epilepsy. Child had to sleep in the same room and help monitor the younger child. I could sense that they felt a great deal of responsibility for their younger sibling.

Child rating of problem: 6

Feelings: Concerned but I know I can get help.

Ideas: Combination of ideas suggested by teacher and those raised by the child. Only ideas the child accepted were documented

– Understand that there are always people to help my sister

– Remember that my parents care for me as much as my sister

– To stay calm when she is having a seizure

Feedback at close of session: After using Ask Ed the child stated that they felt much better and felt like a weight had been taken off them.

Feedback after session: Follow up two weeks later, feedback provided by the child.

It, (Ask Ed) made me feel calm, it took the pressure off me, definitely helpful, I feel more settled.