The Kid Connection is a Tier 2 Intervention Program that provides TK-5th grade students an opportunity to learn and practice the 5 competencies of Social-Emotional Learning in a small group setting. Research indicates that students who are taught social-emotional learning skills show academic gains, improved classroom behavior, are better able to manage stress, anxiety, and depression, and have more satisfying relationships with others. The 5 Social Emotional Learning competencies are:
• Social Awareness
• Relationship Skills
• Responsible Decision Making
During their weekly half-hour Kid Connection session, small groups of students meet with a Kid Connection Specialist in a dedicated Kid Connection room. The sessions are held during the school day. Examples of specific lessons taught and practiced include being aware of emotions, managing emotions, taking a deep breath, being mindful, beginning a conversation, joining a group, taking turns, resolving conflicts, maintaining friendships, and making responsible decisions.
Over the last 30 years, the Kid Connection has supported the social-emotional development of thousands of students in our District.
For more information regarding Kid Connection, please contact:
Trisha Jensen, Smith Elementary Kid Connection Specialist
Liisa Hanninen-Danner, PhD, LVJUSD Wellness Coordinator