School Readiness Program
The School Readiness program is a parenting program designed to promote children’s school readiness. The ultimate outcomes are to improve children’s school readiness, and to prevent children from developing conduct problems and academic under-achievement in later school years.
Strengthening Children’s Social, Emotional and Cognitive Skills
The purpose of this multimedia program is to teach parents and other adults child directed play skills that promote children’s social, emotional and academic school readiness skills, e.g., being cooperative, sharing and helping friends, waiting, and taking turns. In addition, the program shows how parents can promote their children’s language and emotion regulation skills by building emotion vocabulary and strengthening their understanding and expression of feelings. Finally, parents demonstrate how to encourage their children’s academic school readiness by promoting, not only their understanding of numbers, colors, and shapes, but also by expanding their attention span and building their self-confidence in their abilities.
This videotape or DVD program contains 22 vignettes of adults and children in candid and unrehearsed play situations. The key concepts include:
- Value of parents giving attention and coaching children’s friendly play and social skills with other children.
- How to do emotion coaching to build emotional expression
- Building children’s self-esteem and creativity through child-directed play concepts
- Helping children learn to problem solve and sustain their attention on a focused, cooperative activity
- The modeling principle by parents avoiding the use of critical statements and demands and substituting positive polite language, children learn more positive communication
- Building children’s language skills through descriptive commenting strategies