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Social emotional health

The promotion of social emotional competence in children and youth with special needs reduces their vulnerability to negative experiences such as being bullied, feeling socially isolated, dealing with academic failure, abusing substances, engaging in high risk behaviours, as well as suffering from chronic stress, anxiety and depression.
When we connect with individuals with brain differences we start with the belief that children and youth with special needs will do well if they can (Dr. Ross Greene)[2]. Working together with children, youth, families, community members and all individuals who are important to a young person, leads to effective interventions, responsive, reciprocal relationships and supportive environments, all of which promote optimum social emotional health for children and youth with special needs.

[2] Greene, R. (2014)