Objectives of the Social Emotional Enhancement and Development website are:
To promote social emotional competencies of children and youth with disabilities, reducing their vulnerability in experiencing a continuum of negative social emotional outcomes, including engaging in challenging behaviours, being bullied by peers, feeling socially isolated, poor school performance and having psychological and mental health difficulties. The development of positive social and emotional skills and the ability to self-regulate greatly enhances the likelihood of children and youths to have satisfying family and social relationships, experiencing success at school, actively engaging in all aspects of community life and achieving skills necessary for economic independence as they transition into adulthood.
To enhance accessibility of best-practice resources on social emotional interventions for families, caregivers, and professionals working with children & youth with disabilities
To raise awareness of the impact of cognitive functioning/neuro-development on social emotional development and the importance of social emotional competencies in enhancing the quality of life for children and youth.
To strengthen family and community capacity to structure supportive environments and implement strategies that will provide maximal opportunities for children and youth with disabilities to acquire social emotional competencies.
To work in collaboration with families, early childhood centres, schools, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development and other community partners to establish a sustainable framework for the adoption of best practices in social emotional interventions that will enhance social and emotional competencies of children and youth with disabilities.