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Rainbow Room

The Rainbow Program Celebrates 30 Years of Success!


This year the Rainbow Program has been added to Bella Vista, our newest elementary school, making it a districtwide program now at all 22 elementary schools.  The Rainbow Program has proven to be an extremely effective way for students in grades TK to 5 to build friendship skills, leadership and self-confidence.


The Rainbow Program began in 1986 at Bollinger Canyon Elementary School as part of the statewide Primary Intervention Program (PIP).  PIP is a one-on-one non-directive play program led by a warm, nurturing, specially trained paraprofessional, in an activity room filled with toys, games and crafts.  Children may benefit from PIP for many different reasons, such as new school adjustment, excessive shyness, academic pressure, peer pressure or family stress.


As the Rainbow Program gradually expanded to all SRVUSD schools over the years, social skills groups were added.  In addition to PIP, children can participate in small friendship groups which use scripted literature based lessons and photolesson cards to provide direct teaching about conversational skills, making and keeping friends, social problem solving, emotion management, and skills for learning.


Referrals to the Rainbow Program at each school can be a teacher recommendation or a parent request, made directly to their school's Rainbow paraprofessional or their Rainbow school psychologist.  
Each school offers two twelve week sessions, in the fall and spring.  Approximately 40- 50 students are seen at each school every year.  In 2015-16, over 900 students benefitted from the Rainbow Program in SRVUSD.  Our local research has found that over 80% of participants made significant gains in their social skills and overall classroom adjustment.


Questions?  Contact Ajeeta Chaudhri, SRVUSD School Psychologist and Rainbow Room Supervisor, at achaudhri@srvusd.net.

"Building social skills and self-confidence in children in grades K-5"

The Rainbow Program at Quail Run is part of a statewide, research based program that uses small group and one on one sessions with children to teach empathy, social problem solving, and emotion management. These social skills are the building blocks for relationship building - skills that boost self-esteem, skills that teach self-control, skills that help children feel more confident in their surroundings and in their interactions with others. Children may benefit from the Rainbow Program because of new school adjustment, academic pressures, peer pressures, excessive shyness, divorce, and many other reasons. The Second Step curriculum is used in the small group setting. Non-directive play is the research based approach used in the one on one sessions. Referrals to the Rainbow Program can come from teacher recommendations or parent requests. There are two twelve week sessions, one in the fall and one in the spring. For further information contact JT Wills, school psychologist and Rainbow Project Coordinator, at jwills@srvusd.net