Social and emotional learning (SEL) skills are of critical importance to every child. Research has confirmed that all learning throughout our lifespan is social and emotional. SEL instruction and interventions positively transform the lives of children by teaching critical interpersonal and intrapersonal life skills, including: empathy, self-regulation, focusing and attention, problem solving, the management of emotions, responsibility-taking, executive-function skills, recognizing facial clues and social cues, how to recognize and respond to bullying, restorative justice, and how to form positive relationships with others. By utilizing nationally recognized, rigorously researched, and highly regarded SEL curricula (Second Step by Committee for Children), I work with children in a wide variety of settings, individually or in groups, to learn, practice, and apply all phases of SEL competencies.
Research has continuously revealed that more children are experiencing higher levels of conflict in school or at home, with added levels of social and emotional stress that can leave them feeling isolated, withdrawn, ostracized, impulsive, aggressive, or disruptive. Parents and teachers are often unprepared or lack the expertise necessary to assist children in effectively managing and mitigating SEL challenges and deficits.
The children I work with learn and practice core SEL skills including: how to identify the feelings and perspectives of others; develop empathy; learn problem-solving strategies for any situation; recognize anger and learn effective techniques for calming down; communicate their feelings in an appropriate way; initiate and participate in conversations; effectively deal with fear; take responsibility for their actions; recognize and mitigate peer pressure; identify and avoid gossip; understand why lying and cheating are wrong; learn how to respond to putdowns, criticisms, and being left out; effectively deal with frustration and accusations; understand and accept consequences; learn how to recognize and mitigate bullying behaviors; and learn how to avoid fighting.
The successful development of these often non-intuitive skills are critical to the health and wellness of every child. Abundant research has demonstrated that children who do not have strong SEL skills often struggle in school and at home.
I am passionate about helping children develop and apply these essential skills so that they are able to successfully navigate through any challenges that they may face in their lives. Please contact me for more information.