Social-emotional development consists of three main areas of children’s self regulation in
1) acting (behaving in socially appropriate ways and ways that foster learning),
2) feeling (understanding others’ emotions and regulation of one’s own emotions) and
3) thinking (regulating attention and thoughts).
Examples of behavioral self-regulation include:
interacting with teachers and peers in positive ways (e.g., sharing, taking turns);
inhibiting negative impulses (e.g., hitting, pushing, yelling);
solving problems with increasing independence; and
negotiating solutions to conflicts with peers.
Examples of emotional understanding and self-regulation include:
accurately identifying emotions in themselves and others;
managing strong emotions such as excitement, anger, frustration and distress; and
being empathic and understanding others’ perspectives.
Examples of cognitive self-regulation include:
focusing attention on a lesson or an activity;
screening distractions; and
planning steps or strategies to complete a task or activity.
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