Second Step helps our students know how to learn and get along with others.
The program teaches skills in the following four areas:
- Skills for learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.
- Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others' feelings. Students also learn how to take another perspective and how to show compassion.
- Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety and anger.
- Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.
STUDENT SELECTION PROCESS
Teachers, principals and other school staff identify the students who would benefit from a social skills group or are having difficulty adjusting to school. Once identified, the trained child aides meet with students on a weekly basis. Child aides work under the direct supervision of a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credentialed staff member and a mental health professional.
Second Step Program