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SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

A SIMPLE, PROSOCIAL PROGRAM BUILT AROUND A CHILD'S EXISTING VOCABULARY

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Social Emotional Learning                      and Invisible Disabilities

Invisible disabilities are part of the daily lives of many school-aged children.  And bodily and neuro diversity are part of the “normal” life experience.  For many children, disability is understood by observing an assistive device, such as a wheelchair, or the ubiquitous blue placard sign for disability.  Yet for invisible disabilities, we lack the signs, language, and frameworks to talk about the existence of disabilities that are unseen every day in schools across the country.  A lack of framework to talk about the unseen may lead to peer misunderstandings, isolation, marginalization, bullying behaviors, and stigma. It does not have to be this way.

PAL is based on research-supported findings.  The PAL program is a simple, prosocial framework built around a child's existing vocabulary, and is used as part of the everyday interactions and conflict resolutions in school. The research suggests that when SEL programs are reinforced every day within the school culture, kids have better outcomes academically, socially, and emotionally.  PAL is not just for kids.  Adults should be PALs too.  Current research suggests when teachers, administrators, counselors, and everyone - from lunchroom workers to bus drivers - reinforces the framework throughout the day, the school as a whole has better outcomes and thrives.

 


We aim to reveal how “bodily diversity” and “neuro diversity” more aptly describe every human experience as opposed to the “normal” and “abnormal” binaries.

- Invisible Disability Project

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What Is a PAL?

PAL stands for Pause, Ask, Listen.  The PAL Program enters a child's life before bullying interventions are necessary, by teaching and reinforcing a simple framework to reduce implicit bias, and connect with all students.  Implicit bias is a subtle, unconscious bias developed very early in a child’s life, and tend to include snap judgements, prejudice, discrimination, and bullying. Slowing down, connecting, and listening to our peers is built into the PAL framework.

 

Pause.

SOcial-Awareness

Slow down. Pause. Acknowledge others without judgement.

Ask.

SELF-Awareness

Ask or disclose when something unseen is going on.

Listen.

Conflict Resolution

Actively listen and create space for peers to share in the unseen. 

 

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