The Best of Friends® (BoF) program, is a concise and engaging Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program developed by Quirky Kid to optimise academic, social and emotional outcomes for children in clinical or school settings.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through we which develop and readily apply our knowledge, attitudes and skills to understand and regulate our own emotions and to manage social situations. SEL skills also encompass our ability to set realistic goals, display empathy for others and make responsible decisions. By developing SEL skills we are able to build and maintain meaningful and positive relationships in our lives.
In addition, children (and adults) who develop social and emotional skills find it easier to empathise with others, resolve interpersonal conflicts, set and achieve positive goals and make informed decisions. They also view themselves, and their place in the world, more positively.
The role, therefore, of SEL in achieving success in school and the workplace, as well as in maintaining overall well-being, can not be overstated. A widespread survey of teachers commissioned by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) found that 93% of teachers wanted a greater focus on SEL at school and reported the belief that teaching SEL is “very” or “fairly important” for success in school, the workplace, and life (Bridgeland, Bruce, & Hariharan, 2013).
Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Well-developed SEL skills improve our well-being. Broadly, social and emotional wellbeing refers to the way a person thinks and feels about themselves and others. It includes being able to adapt and deal with daily challenges (resilience and coping skills) while leading a fulfilling life. There is, therefore, an emphasis on developing the behavioural and emotional strengths of children, as well as how they respond to adversity.