Approach at ELEVATE
Social-emotional learning (SEL) approach at ELEVATE refers to the skills, behaviours, and strategies that children can use to enhance their self-awareness, self-regulation, and interpersonal skills that are crucial for their academic and life success. Some of the programs we incorporate in our curriculum include:
Maria Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking
The PEERS Curriculum
Zones of Regulation by Maria Garcia Winner
In our SEL program, we focus on developing social-emotional skills and building on themes of self-awareness, friendship, respect, open-mindedness, and community. Students are explicitly taught the ‘hidden rules’ of social interactions and self-regulation tools and strategies using curricula such as Maria Garcia-Winner’s Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation. Students are also encouraged and supported to work through any social and emotional challenges that arise throughout the day by caring staff who see each interaction as a learning opportunity.