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Social Emotional Learning At Home
SEL At Home
All our children have different social and emotional needs. They have certain skills and competencies at every stage of their life, and it's up to us as parents to teach into these skills, support them where they are at, and give them strategies so that they are successful in their future.
Here are 5 of my favorite strategies to continue social and emotional growth in your child at home:
1. Create a calm space- Put together a calm space bin with tools and strategies that will support your child. Ask your child what tools they would like to have in the bin. Teach your child how to use each tool. This mobile bin can be moved around the home to any desired space.
Tip: This is not a time to play, but a time to de-escalate and reflect.
2. Front-Load- Telling your child about the next situation beforehand, and the expected behaviors, allows your child to mentally rehearse the experience before it happens and reduces anxiety.
Tip: Before going to the grocery store, explain that the expected behavior is to stay close to the cart, use an inside voice and that we are only shopping for food items today.
3. The Zones of Regulation- When your child displays big emotions, have them identify the emotion they are feeling and the strategy or tool that they need at the moment. Identifying the emotion is a form of self-regulation.
Tip: Have your child create a Feelings Journal. The child and parents can write back and forth to each other in the journal to keep the line of communication open.
4. Visualize Your Path- Have your child act out what they are going to do BEFORE they do it. Using your arms and fingers to point out your path acts as a mental dress rehearsal and reinforces what your child will look and feel like in the future.
Tip: Be a Mind MIME with your child. M-make an image. I-think what I will I look like. M-how will you be moving. E-think of future emotion.
5. The Working Clock- Shade in the amount of time your child needs to complete a task. Setting up a routine for each part of your day allows your child to see what their future selves will think and feel. The Working Clock and clear expectations in a routine limits the unknowns by rehearsing clear expectations for automaticity, which can decrease worry or anxiety.
Tip: A glass face clock and dry erase markers work best so it can be used over and over.
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