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The Building Blocks of HOPE – Block #4: Social-Emotional Development


We have been so encouraged to hear how HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) is resonating with the ACES Connection community and are thrilled to see our community continue to grow.  Here we present the fourth mini-blog in our series on the Building Blocks of HOPE.

Children need ample opportunities for productive social and emotional development. Developing social and emotional competencies describes the fourth of the 4 Building Blocks of HOPE.  What do we mean by social and emotional competencies?

  • Developing a sense of emotional and behavioral self-regulation
  • Having the ability to respond to challenges in a productive manner
  • Developing key socially and culturally appropriate communication and interpersonal skills

Children need to have ample opportunity to develop their sense of self-awareness, learn how to self-regulate emotions and acquire skills needed to respond to challenges. Many of these skills arise during child-centered play.  Some children will naturally pick up these skills, others may need adults to help them name and understand their own feelings.

These skills are critical for children to be able to become resilient, emotionally healthy adults.

This post is the fourth and last in our series of mini blogs describing the building blocks of HOPE.  Please take a look at our blogs about the first, second and third building blocks of HOPE (respectively, nurturing relationships, safe, stable and equitable environments and engagement). To further embrace the members of ACES Connection, we have created a Balancing ACES with HOPE community and encourage all to visit and join. Please read our blogs and post your comments. Let us know how you think HOPE could impact your work and personal life.

Please share your ideas of how we can help create opportunities for positive experiences.  It is more important than ever during this very stressful time.

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