Does your child or adolescent need help with getting along with others?
Does your child or adolescent need help with regulating their emotions, having empathy for others, or making good decisions?
Could they use help learning skills that could increase their grades in school?
If so, we can help!
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adolescents acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. These skills make up the 5 core areas of SEL instruction and include Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision Making, and Relationship Skills.
Our team will assess your child or adolescent to determine a baseline level of Social-Emotional Functioning. Each child will be taught the 10 core units of the SEL curriculum and depending on his or her needs, additional units may be added in areas of weakness. One unit will be taught every week and a review of the prior unit will be reviewed each week as well. The curriculum includes visual and audio teaching methods, as well as group interaction and discussion. Children will be instructed through worksheets that they will take home each week so parents can be informed of the skill that was taught and can find ways to address and practice the skill throughout the week. This interactive reinforcement by parents helps develop the skills that are necessary for healthy social and emotional development as well as assisting the child with practicing the skills in real life – which is the ultimate goal for ongoing success. Continue reading to learn about research outcomes regarding the efficacy of social and emotional learning programs.
Researchers broke new ground with the 2011 publication of a meta-analysis of 213 social and emotional learning programs, which was published in the peer-reviewed journal Child Development. The study demonstrated numerous positive impacts of social and emotional learning and remains a landmark for the field.
On July 12, 2017 a team that included authors of the 2011 meta-analysis, completed a new meta-analysis. The study analyzed results from 82 different interventions involving more than 97,000 students from kindergarten to high school, and the effects were assessed six months to 18 years after the programs ended. The research showed, for example, that:
- 5 years after the last intervention the academic performance of students exposed to SEL programs was an average 13 percentile points higher than their non-SEL peers, based on the eight studies that measured academic performance.
- Up to 18 years later, students exposed to SEL in school continue to do better than their peers on a number of indicators: positive social behaviors and attitudes, skills such as empathy and teamwork, and academics. And they have fewer conduct problems, less emotional distress, and lower drug use, among many other benefits.