Parents have expressed their concerns with meeting their child’s social-emotional needs during the pandemic. Children are having a hard time with virtual and hybrid school. However, the foundation for academic success is social-emotional learning (SEL). It is important we do not overlook the importance of SEL during this time.
As parents, we know how to monitor our child’s physical developmental milestones. When did your child begin to sit up, talk, get her teeth? Many pediatricians even give a checklist and assessment of physical milestones at yearly well-child visits. What about social and emotional milestones? Throughout childhood, there are pivotal periods when delays in social development can put children at higher risk for problems in the future.
Benefits of Social and Emotional Learning
- Improvement in students’ social and emotional skills, attitudes, relationships, academic performance, and perceptions of classroom and school climate
- Decline in students’ anxiety, behavior problems, and substance use
- Long-term improvements in students’ skills, attitudes, prosocial behavior, and academic performance
This month’s Gracious Parent Workshop addresses parents concerns and gives tangible advice on how to meet your child’s social and emotional milestones from toddler to teen.