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Game for children to develop social emotional skills, research from Oregon State University

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Social and emotional learning skills are one of the main pillars to a child’s success in school and later in life. But still, the understanding how to boost those skills is lagging behind. Megan McClelland, the Katherine E. Smith Healthy Children and Families Professor in Human Development and Family Sciences in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, research is targeting this problem. The main focus is set on the important role of self-regulation skills. This means the social and emotional skills that help children pay attention, follow directions, stay on task, form healthy friendships and persist through difficulty. The main tool in this research is a simple where the training proceeds by increasing the complexity of the rules of the game. To play requires to listen and remember instructions, pay attention to the adult leading the game. The results of the new study show that: “The review showed that the most successful interventions tend to be low cost, easily implemented, are fun for kids, including training for teachers, and can be built into classroom lessons on literacy and math.” But more research within the field is required. Source: EurekAlerts 

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