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...with Neurodiversity in mind 

A 'Nature Brain' approach to SEL: Increase awareness--- unique expression and way of experiencing and interacting with the world.  We are not trying to fit children into a particular social norm but to live in the world in a way that strengthens their connections, builds relationships and fosters a sense of belonging...

Nature is our wellbeing; we need it to grow, live and survive and thrive

Diversity is nature's greatest strength- its ours too.

Interconnection: Every person is part of a living ecosystem with a unique role to play' 

Neural diversity creates a rich reperotoire of brain activity

- Growing awareness - understanding self in relation to others and the natural world. 

Ability to adjust to a changing environment.

In sum:  Embrace and celebrate diversity;  strengthen connections and relationships

Look at every child's unique expression, way of experiencing and interacting with the world and build on their strengths... mostly through play...

Our Primary Medium:  Nature Play/ Animals/ Natural elements

The importance of regulating and raising awarenesss:  waht is regulation? 

Regulation--- interoception and extraception.... relational..

Awareness

- Nature based experiences to raise awareness; support 

Diversity is nature's greatest strength--- its is ours too.

A biologist must use the word regulation because life depends on it. The processes that cause such things as our hearts to beat, our lungs to breathe, and our brains to think are regulated in a thousand different ways. No regulation means dying for an organism. But it's not a matter of "more" or "less" regulation. It's a matter of just the right kind of regulation for each and every process.

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views strength in diversity- both within nature and the brain  is inherently diverse and We help children to experience and interact with the world around them in ways that ...build their social-emotional skills.

 

Our primary medium is nature play, People experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways; There is no one 'right' way of thinking, learning and behaving. Neurodiversity describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways; there is no one "right" way of thinking, learning, and behaving, and differences are not viewed as deficits.

The word neurodiversity refers to the diversity of all people, but it is often used in the context of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as other neurological or developmental conditions such as ADHD or learning disabilities. 

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

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Social- Emotional Learning is an important part of child development. 

5 Key Areas: 

Self Awareness
Self Management
Social Awareness
Relationship Skills
Responsible Decision Making