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Social-Emotional Learning

At The Shirley Aninias School we utilize the I Learn Through PlayTM curriculum created by Shirley Aninias.  I Learn Through PlayTM systematically breaks down the social-emotional, play, and regulation skills that are expected in a group setting. This language rich model provides a very high level of visual, behavior and emotional support. We scaffold interactions and pragmatic expectations in a group setting for students to learn how to connect and be meaningful with their peers focusing on all aspects of group play skills: symbolic play, dramatic play, games with rules and open-ended play.

We also support our social-emotional curriculum with:

  • Harmony SEL, which focuses on fostering the social, emotional, and academic development of students. It integrates research-based practices to promote skills such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Harmony SEL provides a comprehensive curriculum that is designed to be integrated into daily classroom instruction.
  • Michelle Garcia’s Social Thinking® Methodology, where we customize social stories/videos to help students improve in the areas of: perspective taking, working as a team, self-regulation/coping skills, understanding facial expressions/emotions, understanding non-verbal cues, personal space, executive Functioning/Organization Skills.