In recent years we have applied mental skills training for child athletes, kindergarten and elementary school students, and children attempting to overcome serious illnesses. Key elements that have been associated with our most successful interventions include the use of simple, concrete strategies, an element of fun, positive individualized approaches, the use of role models, and involving parents. It is our belief that every child will experience growth, and some degree of success, if someone who cares devotes time to nurturing important mental skills related to personal development.
Terry Orlick is with the School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont., Canada K1N 6N5. Nadeane McCaffrey is with the Human Kinetics Assessment Center, University of Ottawa, 100 Marie Curie, Ottawa.