5/6/19 Week 8 & 9: We attempted to complete session 7 of SFP 10-14 and session 1 of PFPC last week, but we didn’t quite finish the PFPC lesson. This week we wrapped up session 1 and session 2. The youth and their parents were introduced to opiates and the dangers they possess, as well as the effects they [along with other substances] can have on the brain.
The youth discussed the three main sections of the brain and the parts of the body that each section is responsible for. They particularly enjoyed creating a 3D model of the brain using play-doh. Some of them got pretty crafty and included the wrinkles and textures that were shown in the sample image.
We looked at what it means to be addicted to something, and the family members then thought of a habit that they’d like to work on breaking in the next 21 days. Each member of the family signed a commitment stating that they would work on resisting or stopping the habit altogether. The families also participated in activities that demonstrated how neurons and neurotransmitters carry out information, and then how the communication stops once those cells are damaged.
During the discussion surrounding the “21 Day Pledge” activity, the families were really thinking about the habits they go through daily. Even though it wasn’t necessarily a bad habit they wanted to break, they came up with alternative solutions and different ways they could break the specific habit they chose.