Social- Emotional Learning (SEL)
Nature & Equine Assisted
What is Social Emotional Learning?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children learn and apply a set of skills, attitudes, behaviors, and values that help them to direct their thoughts, feelings, and actions in ways that promote learning, health and wellbeing.
ASEL’s Definition of SEL (2020 Update):
“Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.
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What are SEL skills?
SEL skills cross cognitive, social and emotional domains and include:
Cognitive domain: Attention control, inhibitory control, working memory and planning skills, cognitive flexibility and critical thinking
Social domain: understanding social cues, social problem solving and prosocial/cooperative behaviour
Emotional domain: emotional knowledge and expression, emotional and behavioural regulation, empathy/perspective taking.
We offer an unique approach to SEL that draws upon nature and the wisdom of horses to promote learning and development across the cognitive, social and emotional domains of each child's experience and potential.
This approach is informed by the EPI model of equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted learning and focuses on each child's strengths and the unique ways in which they experience, interact with and interpret the world.
The 3 R's
Emotional Regulation (developing strategies to respond to your experiences in the world in a manner that is tolerable and flexible)
Resourcing (restoring connection to your inner and outer resources that bring comfort and support during times of stress or dysregulation)
Raising Awareness (becoming aware of different aspects of yourself, others and the environment that influences how you think, feel, and act.