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Social-Emotional Development

building blocks

Goals of the Dimension:

  • Children are able to interact positively with one another and with adults.
  • Children are able to solve problems without resorting to violence or withdrawal behavior.
  • Children demonstrate tolerance for other children who are different from themselves.

The building blocks for successful relationships and a healthy sense of self begins when a child is an infant.

Very early personal relationships and experiences set the stage for how a child:

  • Learns to manage his or her emotions (self-regulation),
  • Feels about themselves (self-confidence),
  • Relates to others and the world around them (competence).

When children learn a healthy method of managing their emotions, feel positively about themselves, and are included in healthy relationships with those closest to them, they are more likely to:

  • Succeed in group situations (schools, community settings, etc.),
  • Concentrate and learn successfully,
  • Effectively communicate their feelings,
  • Continually develop self-confidence and self-esteem

A child uses his or her emotional skills to interact with others. This includes playing and developing relationships with peers, interaction with caregivers and parents, adapting to a variety of environments, and learning about the larger world.

Emotional competence is a vital aspect of a child's social and ultimately, overall development.

Additional Resources:

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Boys & Girls Club of IRC

Gifford Youth Activity Center

Youth Guidance Mentoring & Activities Program

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