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Fostering Social And Emotional Learning In Children

Friday, June 14, 2024

Social and emotional learning is a vital part of who we are, and understanding how to navigate our emotions is crucial. Often, children struggle to engage in various activities because they cannot regulate or express their emotions effectively. To address this, we have partnered with Mrs. Chelsea from Somocom Lab. She specializes in building confidence, resilience, and communication skills for better emotional wellness.

Somocom Lab ensures our youth can not only identify their emotions, but also develop coping skills to handle situations and regulate their

emotions with friends, family, and teachers. Social and emotional learning increases prosocial behaviors (such as kindness, sharing, and empathy), improves student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among students. 

This initiative is highly beneficial because it addresses everyday challenges. Learning skills from Somocom Lab has helped our youth not only identify their emotions but also problem-solve in situations using "I feel" statements. This reduces the need for teacher intervention and empowers our youth by affirming that their voices matter. It has also encouraged them to use their words rather than their hands to express themselves.

Our goal is to become part of the conversation around emotional intelligence and support the feelings of our youth. We aim to create a space where they can express a range of emotions beyond just happy, sad, and mad, validating their feelings. It’s okay to let your emotions flow, as long as you don’t remain stuck in an unregulated state. Breathe, count, think, then respond. A calm response is the best response.

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