Back to school: social emotional style 

Art of Social Work

Three back to school learning opportunities to increase emotion regulation and empathy! Back school, and starting school for the first time, can be a challenge for children of all ages. Children often experience a mix of emotions such as anxiety and excitement. Keeping three social and emotional learning opportunities in mind during this time of year can help your child increase emotional functioning and increase empathy related skills!
Let me first introduce you to two children’s books I have written to even further facilitate young children leaning these skills, Buttons the Brave Blue Kitten and Ursula Unwinds her Anger.
Buttons the Brave Blue Kitten is an excellent back-to-school read because it is the story of a kitten’s first day of school. Buttons experiences separation anxiety on his first day and then this becomes an opportunity for him to learn about all of his different feelings. He creates a fun goodbye…

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