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The Nuffield Early Language Intervention is an evidence-based oral language intervention for children in nursery and reception who show weakness in their oral language skills and who are therefore at risk of experiencing difficulty with reading. It is delivered over 30 weeks by teaching assistants in groups of 3-4 children.
Developed in 2005 and first run as a pilot in 2006, the programme's objectives were:
1) To provide young people with facts about alcohol
2) To raise awareness of the dangers of underage drinking
3) To delay the onset of regular drinking among those who are under the legal drinking age
Oral Health Prevention Program is a community-based preventive approach for improving oral health in preschool children. The program was implemented in Vorarlberg, Austria by providing new mothers with dental health counseling. Qualified dental health educators visited all mothers who gave birth in regional hospitals in Vorarlberg, Austria, counseling them regarding the oral health of their children. The single visit took place while mothers were still in the hospital. Mothers were given comprehensive oral hygiene instructions for their children and themselves, which included practical toothbrush training and dietary counseling by the use of brief motivational interviewing and anticipatory guidance approaches.
After 5 years, a case-cohort study was conducted to evaluate the program with annual check-ups of 471 children and parents survey. Dental caries was scored using WHO diagnostic criteria. Children whose mothers participated in the oral health promotion program showed significantly lower caries prevalence and experience than children whose mothers did not participate.
The Opstap Opnieuw programme is a home-based intervention developed from the Israeli Home Instruction Programme for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) for the Dutch context. The two-year programme aims to improve the cognitive and language skills, numeracy, mother-child interactions, and socio-emotional development of young children, aged 4 to 6, who are at risk of early academic failure based on low socio-economic background or ethnic minority status. The programme materials were particularly developed for Turkish and Moroccan families, in their native languages. The programme consists of a structured “curriculum” of short-term goals and related activities that increase in complexity over time. The curriculum is presented in textual and pictorial weekly instructions and worksheets along with supplemental materials such as audiotapes and pencils, totalling 150 planned 20-minute activities for 30 weeks of the year, for two years. The mothers are supported by paraprofessional aides who were also mothers from the local and ethnic community. The paraprofessionals visit the families biweekly while the programme was in session to give instruction, support, monitor that program activities were taking place, and monitor the progress of the mother and child. A few paraprofessionals conducted meetings of a small group of mothers instead of visiting their homes. There are additionally monthly group meetings for participating mothers to provide information about authoritative, emotionally supportive, sensitive-responsive mother-child interaction styles. The program was developed in the Netherlands in the 1990’s and continues to operate today. The program is operated by the Averroès Foundation.
The Healthy School and Drugs program is a nationally implemented program in the Netherlands, intended to prevent or postpone the onset of use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. It is a three year program targeted to adolescents, starting in the first grade where students are about 13 years old. The program consists of an e-learning module of four lessons about alcohol, three lessons about tobacco and three lessons about marijuana. The lessons aim to increase knowledge about substances, risks associated with substance use and refusal skills for settings where there is group pressure to use substances. The lessons are made up of short films, animations, interactive tasks, and peer discussion boards. The three topics were administered in consecutive years between April and July. A second component of the intervention was delivered to one group of participants which included parental participation, regulation, and monitoring and counseling components. The parental participation was incorporated as a parent meeting in the first year of the program where parents were provided information about the Healthy School and Drugs program and substance use. The regulation component was implemented at participating schools in the second year concerning whether and where students were allowed to drink or smoke at school or at school functions. The monitoring and counseling component was delivered to school personnel in the second year as a training to recognize and provide support to adolescents developing problematic substance use patterns.