Learning doesn’t take a vacation at CEID. Our education programs continue throughout the summer so that children and families have consistent services to maintain and develop skills. This summer our classroom curriculum has a heightened focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).
Developing life skills through SEL—shaping a healthy identity, managing emotions, showing empathy, maintaining supportive relationships, making responsible decisions— leads to a happier, healthier life.
In the past year, our students and their families have adapted to changes in their everyday lives during the pandemic. Maintaining the mental health and well-being of young children has become even more critical to protecting students and to helping them thrive. Understanding emotions and self-regulation are essential skills that we will continue to build this summer, which can be even more important for children who are D/HH.
With this in mind, our summer programming will teach students and their families techniques and strategies for overall healthy development. One tool we utilize is a SEL curriculum called Kimochis®. The Kimochis® is a developmentally appropriate step-by-step method to introduce discussion and management of emotions using special stuffed animals, stories and tools. This curriculum is designed to give children and families the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to recognize and manage emotions, demonstrate caring for others, establish positive relationships and handle challenging situations constructively.
Children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) may face greater challenges when it comes to building these critical skills. While a child’s parents or caregivers play the biggest role in their child’s SEL development, experiences with teachers and other adults can help give students more practice in understanding emotions and developing strong social relationships, which increases confidence and self-esteem.
CEID has a proven track record when it comes to teaching SEL skills, with 92% of parents agreeing that because of CEID, “I learned how to support my child’s behavior with positive strategies.” We are proud of our success in teaching SEL skills and look forward to continuing to expand our SEL curriculum even more in the months to come!