At Children’s Institute, we have always been committed to strengthening the social and emotional health of children.
We know how important it is to support the whole child, and social and emotional health is the foundation for emerging cognitive abilities and human development. Social and emotional skills allow children to enhance their ability to integrate their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in order to achieve success in life.
Social and emotional development affects how children relate to the world around them and how they interact with others. Children’s social and emotional skills are also linked to significant improvements in academic performance and attitudes about school. Social and emotional learning (SEL) helps children become healthy adults, productive workers, and engaged and contributing citizens.
Social and emotional skills include:
- Managing feelings
- Following directions
- Relating to others
Children with strong social and emotional skills often have:
- Improved possibilities for school success
- Reduced incidence of social isolation
- Higher rates of bullying prevention
- Improved self-esteem
- Lowered risk of negative body image
- Reduced depressive symptoms
For more information on social and emotional health, we encourage you to refer to the following resources:
“Social and emotional learning.” Edutopia
Vanderbilt Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
“Social and Emotional Learning: What is it? How can we use it to help our children?” NYU Child Study Center