KooLKIDS is a self-regulatory intervention that has been developed by staff at The University of Queensland and the University of Western Australia to empower children aged 7 to 10 years to live well with themselves and others by knowing their strengths and their emotions and by learning empathy and friendship skills. The major goal of the program is to assist children to re-engage in the learning process after they have been suspended or have been at-risk of suspension from school because of their behaviour.
There are various tips sheets developed for parents and teachers around the 'KIDS' acronym.
The development of the KooLKIDS Model and intervention is based on over 15 years of research by the key researchers and on the recent findings of the Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (2006-2009). The core principle of the program is early intervention and prevention: by working with younger children at-risk of early disengagement from the schooling system, it is hoped that their life trajectories will be transformed, and that they may avoid the more serious and debilitating behaviour which have adverse social, economic, and health consequences in adolescence and adulthood.