The Importance of Social and Emotional Learning

LISTEN: Growing research shows that younger students who gain social and emotional learning skills have fewer mental health problems, lower substance abuse rates, and fewer arrests throughout their lives.

In one kindergarten class, a teacher reads about Twiggle, a lonely turtle who has trouble making friends. Throughout the story, Twiggle meets other animals and learns to play, share, and help. The students then use his example to positively self-express in different situations at school, in the halls and at recess, or at home.

We at SHP know that promoting healthy expression is important to foster from an early age. You can check out our Toolbox Kit "Instill The Skills" to learn ways to instill social and emotional development skills, such as empathy, compassion, coping and anger management at

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