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“Emotional Intelligence is broadly defined as being able to recognise, understand and manage our emotions. It is just as important as a child’s academic ability and in fact, is a better predictor of happiness and success in life.”
— Dr. John Irvine

THE PROGRAMME

Learn more about how the programme enables Australian children to become more emotionally intelligent and resilient.

THE EVIDENCE

Read the report on the study which tracked the emotional development of over 1,000 primary children.

THE WORRYWOOS™

Meet the team of WorryWoos™ characters from the award-winning series of books and plush toys.

5,000 Sydney students are now their way to developing emotional intelligence, thanks to the support of the Lantern Club Roselands and the commitment of almost 100 excited teachers.

5,000 Sydney students are now their way to developing emotional intelligence, thanks to the support of the Lantern Club Roselands and the commitment of almost 100 excited teachers.

About the programme.

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In a world that’s so fast and furious, exciting yet exhausting, never has there been more urgency in educating our children in how to emotionally cope with it all. That's why we've developed the The WorryWoos™ Developing Emotional Intelligence (DEI) Programme, specifically designed to build emotional intelligence and resilience in Australian children.

As teachers and educators, we all know that social and emotional intelligence is second to none in terms of health and happiness; as they say EQ > IQ in life!

Being able to recognise and embrace our emotions, as well as having parents, teachers and educators who can help navigate the rapidly changing 21st century is essential in making sure children can advance in all phases of educational growth. 

The uniqueness of this programme lies in its approach and flexibility; teachers can adapt virtually anything in the kit to suit the children’s needs and the space and time available – without the need for extensive in-service training. The programme even offers the potential to integrate many areas of the curriculum including literacy, music and the visual and performing arts, making learning inclusive, enticing and enjoyable.

Emotional well-being is the foundation for happiness and success in school and in life generally. The urgency of addressing children’s developing emotional needs is all too obvious to seasoned educators. Statistics indicate that 25.7% of children under 8 years suffer from anxiety and every educator is more than aware of the rising incidence of anger and aggression in children. What aren’t as obvious are the silent confidence sappers such as body dislike, self rejection, loneliness and social rejection.

Through 7 dedicated modules, educators can introduce and explore emotional constructs paired with a cuddly, lovable character.

“Children’s social and emotional well-being is fundamental to their happiness, academic progress and future success in life. From children who are ‘internalisers’ and plagued by anxiety and worry, through to the ‘externalisers’ whose behaviours all too often manifests in bullying and aggression, the need for educational tools to build emotional intelligence and resilience is clear”.
— Dr. John Irvine

The WorryWoos™ Developing Emotional Intelligence Programme is the only educational tool specifically designed to deal with the full gamut of both intrapersonal and interpersonal emotional development.

Using a team of fun and engaging plush toys, children are able to relate to the emotional challenges of each WorryWoos™ character.


Programme Outcomes

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At the conclusion of this programme students should be able to perform the following:

  • Practice personal and social skills to interact positively with others (ACPPS056, ACPPS019).

  • Identify and describe emotional responses people may experience in different situations (ACPPS020).

  • Identify and describe the emotions of people who are happy, sad, excited, tired, angry,scared or confused (ACPPS020).

  • Learn and use appropriate language and actions to communicate feelings in different situations (ACPPS020).

  • Recall and share emotional responses to different situations and represent this in a variety of ways (ACPPS020, ACPPS021).

  • Discuss connections between feelings, body reactions and body language (ACPPS056).

  • Read and view stories about adventures and talk about how characters feel and reach when taking risks.

  • Learn how to identify and manage their emotions.

Meet the WorryWoos™

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The WorryWoos™ are an award winning series of books and plush dolls written and illustrated by Andi Green. Emotions themselves are turned into lovable quirky characters that embark on delightful journeys of self-awareness.

Created to promote healthy emotional wellness, each WorryWoo adventure concludes with an upbeat message of “Hey, it’s OK” and present the perfect opportunity to openly discuss topics that don’t have easy answers.

Explore the story books

Click on the book cover below to learn the story of each character and interact with your class using your SmartBoard (or other digital device.)

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Learn how to apply the Programme.

From Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory to the Amygdala HiJack, Dr John walks through the Developing Emotional Intelligence Programme and how to apply it in your school.


A Pilot Study: The Impact of the WorryWoos™ Developing Emotional Intelligence Programme on Children’s Social and Emotional Literacy and Regulation.

Conducted in 2018, and with a sample size of over 1,000 primary students, this qualitative and quantitative study showed highly significant improvements in children’s pro-social behaviours, their overall ability to understand and manage emotional difficulties, intrapersonal skills, interpersonal skills, emotional awareness, empathy and resilience.

Children also showed significantly less difficulties reported on the conduct problems scale, hyperactivity problems scale, peer problems scale, emotional problems scale as well reduction in internalising and externalising difficulties.

About Dr. John Irvine Ph.D

Dr John was born and raised in Sydney where he attended Fort Street High and then Bathurst Teachers College. He graduated in 1960 and had his own one teacher school south of Deniliquin at the age of 18 – four years older than some of his students!

After some years of primary teaching, John undertook External studies at the University of New England in NSW where he won the Shell Prize for Arts for his Undergraduate degree, and then the University Medal for his honours degree.

Dr John became a lecturer in Special Education and Child Development and Behaviour Management at the Armidale Teachers College and at the University of New England before moving to Toowoomba to head up the Early Childhood Education training program at the University of Southern Queensland. Whilst there, Dr John completed his Ph.D. on Children’s play in 1980. He then returned to NSW as Principal Lecturer and Dean of Academic Studies at the School of Early Childhood Studies, now attached to Macquarie University.

In 1984 Dr John and his brother, Warwick, began the READ clinic on a part time basis until John resigned from his Academic post and became full time in private practice and the media in 1988 with the release of his first book “Coping with Kids”. 

Since then, John has had an extensive role in the media, where he became one of the most heard and read and seen child psychologist nationally. Dr John has also been a consultant psychologist at the Central Coast Grammar school from 1986 to 2009.

In more recent times Dr John is working part time in the clinic with preferred areas in co-parenting programs and behaviour management. He also undertakes an extensive national speaking schedule nationally in his role as a child psychologist but also as Patron for Family Day Care, Kidsafe, Homestart, and as Ambassador for Playgroups. In the last 10 years Dr John has written over 1000 newspaper and magazine articles, has produced over 5000 radio segments for syndication around Australia and has written several books, his latest being “Thriving at school”. His other recent book “A handbook for happy families” has been developed and expanded into four different DVD’s covering his unique Reparations management system and also covering the 0-5, 6-11 and teen years.

Dr. John is a much sought after speaker who has been featured in various newspapers and on current affairs and TV news segments.

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Shop the WorryWoos™

A healthy environment leads to a healthy body and a healthy mind. The WorryWoos™ monsters promote emotional wellness through play, reading and discussion.

Created to build confidence, each WorryWoos™ story concludes with an uplifting message that provides the perfect opportunity for parents, educators and teachers to openly discuss topics that don't have easy answers.

Shop the entire range of WorryWoos™ including, plush toys, story books and Dr John's new range of companion books for educators and parents alike.

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