Social-Emotional skills are necessary for developing positive relationships, handling challenges, acting in a way that is appropriate for the situation, and regulating behavior based on thoughtful decision making.
5 Areas of Social-Emotional Competency as described by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning), 2012:
- Social Awareness
- Relationship Skills
- Responsible Decision Making
Social-Emotional Competence means the child can identify and label their feelings, express emotions, monitor the intensity of the emotion, adjust responses to the situation, control impulses, delay gratification, and make use of strategies to reduce stress.
Both Sensory Processing and Executive Functioning play key roles in a child’s social-emotional capabilities.
Integration Station therapists incorporate Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) principles within the therapeutic process.
When SEL interventions are combined with parent and caregiver follow-through of recommended home-programming, performance in school routines, participation in play/social groups, and improved-positive family dynamics are achieved.