SenseAbility FAQs

How do I prepare my school for the implementation of SenseAbility?

We suggest that you discuss the introduction of SenseAbility with your school's leadership team. The following are useful questions to consider before implementing SenseAbility:

  • Which year level/s or groups of students would benefit the most?
  • Which school teams need to be involved in the planning and delivery?
  • What curriculum links can we make using SenseAbility?
  • What type of classroom environment is best suited for delivery (e.g. open learning space, small classroom with breakout space)?
  • What current programs do we run which could be enhanced by SenseAbility?

Should we engage others in the school community (e.g. student wellbeing coordinator, youth resource team, pre-service teachers, peer support leaders, junior/senior sub school leaders) to support delivery?

If several teachers in a single school are planning to deliver SenseAbility, try to make time to discuss the approach as a teaching group, with a more experienced teacher offering guidance on effective delivery.

Some important questions to consider when undertaking specific planning include:

  • Which modules should be covered and when?
  • Which curriculum area should the program fall under?
  • Who will lead the delivery and implementation?

You may consider presenting background information on the program and sharing resources with your staff so they can gain an understanding of the importance of teaching Life Senses and Essential Skills for building resilience in young people. You also may consider sending a letter to parents informing them of the program and encouraging them to discuss it with their children.

What guidance is available to help us deliver SenseAbility?

A good place to start is with the SenseAbility delivery toolkit gives an overview of the program and information on how it can be delivered in schools and other settings.

From there, each of the module guides contain detailed instructions on delivering the content, including suggested timings and activities. There are also comprehensive lesson plans available for teachers to use and adapt depending on the context.   

Please note: the SenseAbility e-learning program was put on hold from 1 December 2018 to allow a full review of the package. If you have questions about the e-learning program, please contact us.

Should I invite external community or health personnel to deliver the program?

Many schools have invited community organisations and wellbeing staff to co-deliver SenseAbility. While not mandatory, it does offer benefits. The different expertise and skills others bring to the program can build your teachers' capacities to deliver a strength-based resilience the program and improve teacher-student relationships. It can also expose students to support or services beyond the school.

How much knowledge do teachers need about cognitive behavioural principles?

The Essential Skills module and DVD clearly explain and demonstrate cognitive behaviour principles. Each module also includes research and professional reading reference lists teachers can utilise.

How do we handle students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties such as depression?

SenseAbility is likely to be useful for all students, regardless of their current mental health. Some students experiencing difficulty may not wish to participate or get involved, but the skill sets may still be useful. It is possible that these students will get more out of the program by working in small groups or as individuals with a teacher or counsellor. Of course, students experiencing significant difficulties should be referred to a school counsellor or community service where possible (sources of support are identified in the SenseAbility materials).

How can we access the content that was previously available on the Essential Skills DVD?

All the content that was previously available on the SenseAbility CD – module booklets, lesson plans, and activity sheets - can be downloaded from the main download page. In addition, the videos can be watched in full on the SenseAbility YouTube Channel

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