“Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, even those who are rude to you. Not because they are nice, but because YOU are.” – Unknown Author

Learning social skills is an important part of adolescence. While it might seem like some people are naturally more socially adept, the truth is social skills can be learned and improved over time. While students are with us at Seven Stars, we support them to learn and practice these skills through Social Emotional Learning.

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is an educational approach that focuses on developing individuals’ self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills, which are considered crucial for school, work, and life in general.

Did you know?

Social Skills Enhance Academic Achievement: Research shows that social and emotional learning can improve achievement by an average of 11 percentile points, proving that these skills are not just beneficial for personal relationships but also for academic success.

Myths About Social-Emotional Learning: One common myth is that social-emotional learning only teaches us about feelings. In reality, it’s a comprehensive approach that helps us manage emotions, achieve goals, show empathy, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Power of Presence: The mere presence of other people can profoundly impact our behavior. This is known as the social facilitation effect in social psychology. At Seven Stars, our expert interdisciplinary team supports students around the clock.

What exactly are social skills?

Social skills can be the basics: how to be appropriate in public, how to communicate with others, being aware of using body language appropriately, how to interact appropriately with peers through managing the topics of conversation, settling conflicts appropriately, and so on.

It also includes more complicated things, like how to read non-verbal social cues, and how to get things we need in an appropriate way. If students find it difficult to get along with people here, or at school, it could be as simple as miscommunication. Mentors can help our students figure out how to communicate and interact in more socially appropriate ways. We are a community here at Seven Stars, and part of being a community is actively working together in a prosocial way.