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Social & Emotional Skills: Not Hippie Nonsense, It’s Science

Posted by Peter Barnes on March 3, 2017 at 4:39 PM

Peter Barnes

Being smart, learning well and getting good marks isn’t a guarantee of success after school or university. There is more to it than that, according to newly published research.  

Teaching kids to get in touch with their feelings is really important for their success in education and later in life.

And that’s not just a new age, hippie belief. It’s backed by science.

A study of 800 kindergarten children looked at their social skills and how they turned out 19 years later as young adults.

The study - Early Social-Emotional Functioning and Public Health: The Relationship Between Kindergarten Social Competence and Future Wellness- was published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Topics: Social & Emotional Learning

Bullying Can be Even Worse for Children with Disabilities

Posted by Peter Barnes on December 9, 2016 at 4:36 PM

Peter Barnes

Many adults have experienced how stress affects our ability to concentrate, work or learn. Whatever the stress is, if it is bothering us enough, we find it hard to focus.

Imagine what it’s like when children are being bullied.  This can be a major stress for them and can go on day after day, week after week.  It’s chronic stress. 

If it’s hard for an adult to work under stress, it’s not surprising that a student who is being bullied will find attending to schoolwork tough.

Now a recent study has shown how the effects of the stress from bullying are even greater for students with disabilities. This is because they often lack a repertoire of emotionally appropriate responses to bullying and may instead respond with physical or verbal aggression.

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Topics: Bullying, Social & Emotional Learning

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