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PSYCHOLOGIST & DISTRICT COORDINATOR

Renee Nickerson
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Steps to get into the Rainbow Program -
  • Quick Referral Process allows children to start immediately after being referred.
 
  • Timely response allows for interventions to begin before the problem continues to escalate.
 

PRIMARY INTERVENTION PROGRAM (PIP)

  • 1 to 1 sessions for grades TK-5 with trained “special friend” paraprofessional
 
  • 30 minutes/week in Rainbow Room – non directive play for 12 weeks
 
  • Over 35 years of research in SRVUSD and previously statewide, proving its effectiveness

Rainbow Program

Rainbow
The Rainbow Program is a research based early intervention program aimed at the following objectives:
  • Helping students get a good start in school
  • Developing and enhancing social skills
  • Fostering healthy self-concept
  • Improving school adjustment
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Assisting with life transitions
 
The Rainbow Program is available at all of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Elementary School Sites.  Para-professionals are trained and staffed to work with students in the program.  Each week the para-professionals meet with a School Psychologist for consultation on the students in the program. 
 
The Rainbow Program offers the following individualized and social skills programs:
 
     PIP Program (Primary Intervention Program)
  • 1 to 1 attention from a trained paraprofessional in non-directive play sessions for grades TK-5
  • 30 minutes a week in activity room for 12 weeks
  • play with choices of a variety of activities such as games, art, and crafts
  • Ideal for students who may be going through transitions (divorce, illness, death, family relocations, and other stressful changes)
     Second Step 
  • Small groups of 2 to 4 students, grades TK-5 who meet weekly for 12 weeks
  • 45 minutes per week in activity room - structured Second Step social skills lesson, then a supervised 10 - 15 minute free choice play time
  • Units on Empathy, Problem Solving, Emotion Management, and Skills for Learning (focusing attention, listening, and staying on task)
 
Steps to Respect
  • Small groups of 2 to 5 students, grade 3-5 who meet weekly for 15 weeks
  • 45 minutes per week in activity room –social skills lesson, then a supervised 10 - 15 minute free choice play time
  • Literature based social skills curriculum for 3rd – 5th graders
 
PALS
  • Small groups of 2 to 4 students, grades TK-3 who meet weekly for 12 weeks
  • 45 minutes per week in activity room - friendship lesson, then a supervised 10 - 15 minute free choice play time
  • PALS focuses on building and maintaining friendships
 
District Coordinator for the program is Renee Nickerson (rnickerson@srvusd.net)

2021-2022 RAINBOW POWERPOINT

Which students do we serve presentation slide
 

RAINBOW BENEFITS

Principals, teachers, and parents report the following improvements:
• Reduced bullying and teasing
• Students become more confident and assertive and are happier coming to school
• More positive overall school climate
• Fewer discipline referrals
 

FRIENDSHIP AND LEADERSHIP GROUPS

  • Small friendship groups  of 2 to 4  students that meet weekly for 10 - 16 weeks
  • 45 minutes per week in Rainbow Room – literature based lessons on friendship, assertiveness, antibullying, and  diversity followed by free choice play time to practice their new skills