My Place To Be's mission is to help children learn techniques to navigate the social world. We teach Social Emotional Learning Skills to children in a positive learning enviornment. My Place to Be is a safe place for children to express themselves. It is a place where all children are treated with dignity and respect and are able to learn self-awareness through sensory integration, experiences with drama, music, art and nature. It is My Place To Be's mission to help children realize their full potential and grow into caring adults.
Goals of the Program
My Place To Be brings a full spectrum of Social Emotional Learning Programs to Licking County. When My Place To Be started we focused on children on the Autism Spectrum and special needs, we now realize the importance of social emotional learning for all children.
"Social and emotional competence is the ability to understand, manage, and express the social and emotional aspects of one's life in ways that enable the successful management of life tasks such as learning, forming relationships, solving everyday problems, and adapting to the complex demands of growth and development. It includes self-awareness, control of impulsivity, working cooperatively, and caring about oneself and others. Social and emotional learning is the process through which children and adults develop the skills, attitudes, and values necessary to acquire social and emotional competence. " Promoting Social and Emotional Learning by Maurice J. Elias, Joseph E. Zins, Roger P. Weissberg, Karin S. Frey, Mark T. Greenberg, Norris M. Haynes, Rachael Kessler, Mary E. Schwab-Stone and Timothy P. Shriver
Recent studies show that social emotional learning helps in higher academic scores, peaceful resolutions and decreases violence. The rise in school violence and bullying in the United States is increasing every day. We realize that the answer doesn't lie in equipping schools with metal detectors, but helping students develop the skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflict nonviolently, and make responsible decisions. Research shows that teaching emotional intelligence and character development will lead to:
Recent studies have shown that a child with a strong Social Emotional balance do better academically and developmentally. We give children an opportunity to learn in a safe environment how to handle stressful social interactions and equip them with tools to take with them the rest of their lives.