Social & Emotional Learning

Tween Summer Plans: Structure or Free Range?

18 May 2018

Tween Summer Plans: Structure or Free Range?

Posted in Social & Emotional Learning, Health & Safety, Cognitive & Academic Peformance

Dr. Orson Morrison, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist

For many Oak Park-River Forest area families, the end of the school year is quickly approaching. As a parent myself, I’m all too familiar with the mad rush we experience in planning our children’s summer activities, particularly since high-demand programs fill up so quickly. While the younger children seem content with structured sports, arts, music, and STEM programming through various organizations like the Park Districts or Oak Park Education Foundation Base Camp, parents often get push back from tweens and older teens who are “over” structured summer camps. What’s a parent to do?

The Belonging Sweet Spot

18 March 2018

The Belonging Sweet Spot

Written by Linda Francis, Posted in Social & Emotional Learning

When extracurricular is no longer extra

"A sense of belonging, research shows, is really important for children to succeed in school and in life. The whole idea that you belong here, you’re appreciated here, whether it’s by your family or in a school setting, you are expected to do well here, is crucial in order for a child to grow their skills and be motivated to achieve.”
Dr. Carol Dweck, PhD

What does it mean for a young person to “belong” here in OP and RF? One of the ways we see young people find belonging in the broader community is through their activities. It is where kids often solidify friendships and create networks. As the kids say, it is often the means through which they find their “tribe”

Belonging in the Community: Neighbors Knowing Neighbors

22 September 2017

Belonging in the Community: Neighbors Knowing Neighbors

Written by Linda Francis, Posted in Social & Emotional Learning

At Success of All Youth (SAY), belonging is the cornerstone of our collective efforts to empower young people to reach their full potential.

Children with a strong sense of belonging in their families, schools and community develop the emotional strength and self-efficacy that helps them cope with challenges and obstacles. Research indicates a sense of belonging has a profound effect on emotions, social skills, relationships, behavior and cognition – all of SAY’s other indicators of well-being.

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