There are many ways to improve your child’s social and emotional learning (SEL) during The Best of Friends program when you make it a priority. Praise your child for attending each week and for writing or drawing in their workbook. Try to notice your child’s progress in social settings and provide social opportunities at the park or during playdates.

If issues arise, normalise the problem and brainstorm solutions with your child. Practice the new skills introduced each session by reading through the activities and making a link to a real life scenario for your child.

Complete the required information

Before and during the program we may require you to share information about your child or to complete specific activities together. It is important all requests are completed in a timely manner to ensure consistent progress among participants.

Discuss your emotional responses

We all experience a range of emotions throughout the day. Try to become more aware of your feelings and how these relate to your behaviour. For example, name the emotion, what triggered it, and how you managed your emotional response.

Be solution-focused

When a problem presents itself throughout the day – big or small – move into solution mode. What can you do to resolve it? Is there an outcome everyone can agree on? Avoid blaming and practice problem solving or solution seeking with your child or as a family.

Be a social role model

Demonstrate and model social skills such as eye contact, greetings and ‘to and fro’ conversations, where possible, to help demonstrate positive interactions with others.

Speak positively

Positive language is crucial. During the program, we work very hard to develop the habit of speaking positively to each other and about ourselves. Positive self-talk is important for all of us. Talk to your child about how you change negative self-talk into something more positive.