Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) plays a crucial, but often under-appreciated, role in a child’s development. Social-emotional skills are the abilities to regulate and demonstrate one’s behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. These skills directly influence how children perceive themselves and engage with other people. Social-emotional learning challenges can manifest as an inability to cooperate with others, a lack of empathy, deficiencies in regulating emotions, and difficulties in maintaining positive relationships. Children who can adeptly synthesize their thoughts and emotions are better prepared to deal with various challenges as they advance through life.
Young children with social-emotional learning issues can become isolated from their peers, harbor negative perceptions of self-worth, and can struggle in day-to-day schoolwork. For example, children who are unable to coexist with peers their age can become disconnected from day-to-day school life, become more impulsive, and reject their studies. When these problems are unaddressed, it can lead to stunted development in many areas of life.
Adolescents with social-emotional learning challenges can deal with many negative consequences as they advance into adulthood. For example, adolescents who are bullied and ostracized in their adolescence can develop depression and become more aggressive. This can develop into delinquency and an inclination towards criminal behavior. Left unchecked, the inability to regulate one’s thoughts and emotions can spiral into a series of self-destructive behaviors.
Psychologist Jean Piaget believed that social-emotional skills can hold the same weight as one’s cognitive abilities. A child’s social-emotional skills indicate their conscientiousness, agreeableness, emotional stability, and their capacity to engage with others and the environment. Social-emotional skills can even correlate with their moral framework—how they interpret what’s right from wrong. When these skills are addressed and developed, your child has a better chance of being a positive contributor to the classroom, your home, and eventually society.
Many schools don’t emphasize the important of social-emotional skills in the classroom, and this causes many children to feel isolated and “left behind”. At Little Thinker’s Center, we have a different approach. We understand that your child must develop their social and emotional skills to reach their full potential. We groom children to respond positively to social and emotional stimuli with games, activities, and puzzles that are tailored to each child’s individual level. Our curriculum is built from Jean Piaget’s theory of child development, and it’s designed to address the specific needs of each child.
When children enter the program, they are carefully assessed to identify their weaknesses. Our program is composed of activities and exercises that build self-awareness, self-esteem, empathy, impulse control, assertiveness, cooperation, and their ability to solve problems. A child’s emotions should be a tool to help them form positive relationships, thrive in different environments, and achieve internal stability. Every child learns differently, and our curriculum helps them learn at their speed.a