Social emotional interventions

Center for Promoting Research to Practice

The projects associated with the Center for Promoting Research have created evidence based practices and interventions to help parents to promote social and emotional learning with their children. Social emotional interventions help children to understand and manage emotions.

Social Emotional Development Guide

What is the intervention?
The Social Emotional Development Guide helps parents talk with their children about appropriately identifying and expressing their emotions.

Who is it for?
Toddlers (1-4)

Children learn to communicate through everyday interactions with their environments. They learn to express their emotions by identifying and modeling the behavior and language of those they most often interact with, parents. This guide helps parents identify opportunities to teach their children how to use language to identify and express their emotions.  

Background Information:
This information is from the “Little Talks” intervention which focuses on language development through book sharing. Through book sharing, parents can help their child’s language development by exposing them to more complex language. The social emotional development piece guides parents’ conversations with their young children about their emotions through book sharing.

For more information about the Little Talks project please use the link provided.
Introduction to Little Talks Intervention

Materials Needed:

Steps for Intervention:

1. Select books to read with your child that allows him/her to identify emotions like happiness, sadness, and anger. For book ideas please click this link: book recommendations.
2. In conversations and interactions with your child work with them to identify the emotions they are experiencing.
3. Teach them how to appropriately express and respond to their emotions after identifying them.
4. Print the Social Emotional Development Guide as a reference for having these conversations and fostering social emotional development.