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Sudbury, MA 01776
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Sudbury Lincoln CRANE Newsletter
FEATURED TOPIC: SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
The concept of social and emotional learning (SEL) has been around for quite some time, but many people don’t fully understand its meaning or the impact these key competencies can have on a person’s life trajectory. Social and emotional learning enhances individuals’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges.
According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), social and emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Examples of SEL include teaching young children to recognize how they feel or how someone else might be feeling through modeling and coaching, practicing group decision-making and setting classroom rules through class meetings. Children can also develop important social-emotional competencies like cooperation and teamwork through participation in team sports and daily group efforts, such as completing household chores.
Learning is a naturally social process. Emotions and relationships with the people we interact with can affect how we learn and use that information in various social contexts. CASEL states, “On the one hand, emotions can enable us to generate an active interest in learning and sustain our engagement in it. On the other hand, unmanaged stress and poor regulation of impulses interfere with attention and memory and contribute to behaviors disruptive to learning.”
Social and emotional learning has been proven to have a positive and lasting impact on students. A 2017 meta-analysis from CASEL, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University and the University of British Colombia revealed that SEL programs, which, in the past, have shown immediate improvements in mental health, social skills, and academic achievement, will continue to benefit students for years to come. In fact, according to the study, students exposed to SEL in school continued to do better than their peers up to 18 years late in a number of areas including positive social behaviors and attitudes, skills such as empathy and teamwork, and academics. Additionally, they have fewer conduct problems, less emotional distress, and lower drug use, among many other benefits.
A 2015 national study published in the American Journal of Public Health found statistically significant associations between SEL skills in kindergarten and key outcomes for young adults years later in education and employment. A 2013 survey of 704 employers conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education and American Public Media’s Marketplace has shown that half of those surveyed said they had trouble finding recent graduates to fill vacancies in their companies. Even though applicants had the technical prowess, they lacked the communication, adaptability, decision-making, and problem-solving skills needed to do the job.
To promote your child’s social and emotional learning, parents can:
- Establish a positive relationship with the school. Modeling productive collaborations and behaviors will positively impact your child.
- Adopt practices that reinforce your child’s SEL skills at home. Establishing routines, such as a set bedtime and having your child organize belongings for school the night before help build these skills.
- Acknowledge your child’s strengths, and work with him/her to grow underdeveloped skills by providing explicit feedback and plenty of opportunities to practice these skills.
To promote healthy social-emotional growth, it is important for parents to be aware of their own social-emotional needs. For a list of parenting supports and other resources, visit the town social work website: https://sudbury.ma.us/socialworker/ and click on the Youth & Families. Also, there may be times when caregivers or children are managing complex needs that impact social-emotional functioning. For a listing of mental health resources for children and families, click on the Mental Health and Substance Abuse tab on the town social work website listed above.
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NAMI Basics is a 6 week education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with emotional and behavioral issues. NAMI Basics is taught by understanding teachers who are parents or caregivers of children with similar issues. Taking NAMI Basics will give you the tools you will need to help you make the best decisions possible for the care of your child. You will learn communication tips, how to problem-solve and the skills to help you cope with the emotional impact of caring for your challenging child. You will find out about the IEP process, insurance, benefits, diagnoses and treatment.
The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours. Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate hectic schedules. All instruction materials are FREE to participants.
Please contact the teacher listed to get details. Preregistration is required since space is limited. If you’re interested in taking a class, and none are available in your area, please contact Director of Family Programs, Ilya Cherkasov at 617-580-8541.
Interested in becoming a NAMI Basics teacher? Please contact Ilya Cherkasov at 617-580-8541.
Schedule of Classes:
William James College INTERFACE Referral Service is a mental health and wellness referral line available to families in the Sudbury and Lincoln Communities as well as Boston families with children in the Sudbury and Lincoln schools. This free and confidential service is available to residents of all ages in member towns.
Callers will be asked to describe their need and provide insurance, appointment time and location preferences. INTERFACE staff will then use their extensive database to find a licensed therapist or provider match with the appropriate specialization. They are able to make referrals in the Sudbury, Lincoln and Boston areas. INTERFACE is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 888-244-6843 (toll free).
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