Beat the Odds® integrates activities from group drumming and group counseling to build core social-emotional strengths
such as focus and listening (a constant theme throughout the program), team building, positive risk taking, self-esteem,
awareness of others, leadership, expressing feelings, managing anger/stress, empathy and gratitude.
Beat the Odds® is an eight-session, trauma-informed program delivered weekly for 40 - 45 minutes. The program serves
a whole classroom at a time and is sustainably designed for delivery by school personnel or individuals without musical
experience. The curriculum is in the form of a scripted manual, which is easy to follow. There is also a training DVD that
shows our LCSW co-developer delivering each activity in the curriculum to a 4th grade class.
UCLA researchers have shown that Beat the Odds® can significantly reduce a spectrum of behavior problems in
children, such as behaviors related to inattention, withdrawn/depression, posttraumatic stress, anxiety, attention
deficit/hyperactivity, oppositional defiance, and sluggish cognitive tempo. (Ho, Tsao, Bloch, & Zeltzer, 2011) New
findings suggest that the program is highly effective for special education classrooms.
Beat the Odds® emphasizes process and not performance. It includes a therapeutic dimension involving such elements
as positive affirmations, emotional coping strategies, and guided interaction with rhythmic activities serving as a metaphor
for life, followed by reflection and dialogue—without the stigma of therapy.
Besides offering resilience and coping skills to all students, Beat the Odds® serves as a portal to mental health care in
that in enables the facilitator to identify students that may be in need of additional support. The program can easily be
adapted for other age groups and also serves as an effective tool for community building with staff and families.
Find out more here: Beat the Odds Training Program
And find the perfect package of Remo instruments for your Beat the Odds program HERE.