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Social Emotional Learning

How Solitude Can Help You Regulate Your Mood

This year has given many of us a whole new understanding of solitude — whether we wanted it or not.

Being alone has been on our minds — and on the minds of experimental psychologists, too. Over the past few years, researchers have devoted significant study to the concept of solitude — its potential benefits, its role in our lives, even its basic definition.

So, here are a few takeaways from their recent work — with an eye toward how you can make solitude a healthy practice in your life. Read more ›

How to Stay Physically, but Not Emotionally, Distant with Kindergarten and Pre-K Students

Early childhood classrooms are going to look different this year, even if school buildings are open – no desk clusters with kids sharing materials, no cozy circles on the rug, no holding hands on the way to the bathroom. CDC guidelines recommend social distancing, keeping students in one classroom throughout the day, and masks for adults. (In many schools, young children will be encouraged but not required to wear masks.)

These measures are necessary to protect everyone’s physical health, but what will be the effects on young children’s social and emotional health? Read more ›

How Being Kind to Others Make You Feel Better

You know that being kind to others is good for the recipient (obviously), but did you know that it’s also good for the giver, too? Yep, that’s right. Being kind to others will improve your mental, emotional and physical well-being. Read more ›

As New School Year Approaches, How Will Districts Address the ‘COVID Slide’?

Less than a month after schools across the country transitioned to online learning in the spring, the internet went wild with posts that students would have to repeat their current grade levels in the fall. In reality, solutions to the so-called “COVID slide” will vary from district to district — and may be much more complicated. Read more ›

The Pandemic’s Toll on Children With Special Needs and Their Parents

Missing social contacts and altered routines, disturbed sleep and eating habits can be particularly intense for the kids with developmental challenges. Read more ›

The Clinician’s Couch: a Thing of the Past?

written by Liza Bennigson, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

In early March, as surreal rumors of a shelter-in-place order for the Bay Area began to percolate, CHC immediately began transitioning to a remote-first model of care for kids, teens and young adults.

Thanks to a HIPAA compliant healthcare platform on Zoom, the nonprofit mental health agency could continue to deliver best-in-class education and mental health services during shelter-in-place, with the level of trust and expertise the community has counted on for nearly 70 years. Read more ›

Diverse Bookfinder — Identify and Explore Multicultural Picture Books [web resource]

Diverse BookFinder (DBF) is a comprehensive collection of children’s picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC). Read more ›

Healthy Friendships in Adolescence

Positive social connections with people at all stages in life help ensure healthy development, physically, socially, and emotionally. As children transition to adolescence and start to spend less time with parents and siblings, friendships with peers become an increasingly important source of these social connections. Read more ›

Taking the Time to Listen [presentation] [video]

Are you finding it difficult to get your teen to talk with you? It seems like communication would be easier since you’re all at home together, but the reality is different. Maybe it’s time to stop talking to them and start listening. In this webinar, learn about the social development of adolescents as well as strategies you can use to truly listen to and connect with your child. Read more ›

The Reading Place: Where Stories Take Root [video]

Reading is a great way keep young children engaged and provide them an opportunity to continue to learn and grow when they are not in school.  For those times when you are not able to sit down and read a book to your youngster, check out The Reading Place, an online series of children’s book read-alouds hosted by the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE). Read more ›

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