Below, we outline what we recommend as important ways to support your child in developing and strengthening your child’s social-emotional skills and strength behaviors in life.
1. Have your child assessed with the SEEDS Questionnaire. All good care begins with good assessment. We therefore recommend you to have your child assessed via our online SEEDS Questionnaire. It takes only 20-30 minutes to complete, and provides a comprehensive assessment across the evidence-based social-emotional strength behavior areas, including, but not limited to, Assertiveness Skills, Problem Solving Skills, Communication Skills, Long-term Goal Setting, Relaxation Skills, Self-Praise, and Talent Building. Through knowing more about these areas in your child, you’ll better be able to support your child in growing in these areas. To have your child complete the SEEDS Questionnaire online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our Contact Form below.
2. Share the SEEDS Results with your Child. It would be helpful to have the results of the SEEDS Questionnaire shared with your child so that he/she can receive feedback in these areas related to Evidence-based Social-Emotional Strength behaviors. The more your child knows about his/her levels in these areas, the more likely he/she will be able to purposively strengthen these areas in his/her life. However, care must be given with respect to being sensitive to providing this information and feedback to your child so that your child does not misunderstand the information. It is recommended that a professional support you in this process of sharing these results to your child in a gentle, delicate, and safe manner.
3. Directly Support Your Child: Model, Facilitate, & Praise. As a parent, you have a particularly strong ability to assist your child in strengthening these Social-Emotional Strength behavior areas in your child’s life. Below are three ways you can be a part of strengthening these areas in your child.
(a) Model these Social-Emotional Strength Behaviors. One way children learn new behaviors is by following the behaviors that are modeled by others in their environment, especially parents. For example, by modeling (showing) your child effective communication and problem solving skills, your child will be more likely to engage in these positive behaviors him/herself. Parents, however, often also have difficulty exhibiting these behaviors from time to time. As a parent, if you would like support strengthening these behaviors in yourself as well, you can contact our support team at email@example.com or fill out our Contact Form below to learn more about how our SEEDS team can support you in strengthening these behaviors in your life—not only for your child, but for your own life as well.
(b) Facilitate Access to Social-Emotional Strength Activities. As a parent, you can help your child obtain access to activities that support Social-Emotional Strength Behaviors, such as taking your child to engage in relaxing activities, pleasant activities, activities to build his/her talents, as well as helping your child work towards achieving his/her long-term goals. For example, driving your child to meet his/her friends at the mall or movie theatre can provide your child access to enjoyable and fun activities with friends. Further, instead of selecting the extracurricular activity for your child, you can ask your child what extracurricular activity he/she is interested in and wants to learn and get involved in.
(c) Praise Your Child’s Efforts. Another way to increase (positive) behaviors in our children is to reinforce those behaviors with social praise. When we do that, we increase the likelihood that those positive behaviors will occur again in the future. Therefore, as parents, it is important to provide specific, positive, immediate, and warm praise to your child when your child engages in Social-Emotional Strength Behaviors. Be on the lookout for them, and praise them!
4. Support From Our Trained SEEDS Counselors. It is important to know that not all therapists are trained in strengthening these Evidence-based Social-Emotional Strength Behaviors in children. To receive specialized counseling to support your child in these areas, we recommend contacting our SEEDS team to speak with our SEEDS therapists trained in strengthening these social-emotional strength behaviors in children. Our SEEDS Counselors currently offerthe following forms of support:
(a) Individual Counseling. Our SEEDS Counselors provide one-on-one individual counseling to help directly support and strengthen these Evidence-based Social-Emotional Strength Behaviors in your child.
(b) Group-based Workshops.Our SEEDS Counselors also provide Group-based Workshops for parents and children interested in learning more about these Social-Emotional Strength behaviors. In these workshops, we cover (1) what are these areas, (2) why they are important, (3) specific strategies for improving them in our lives, (4) common obstacles in strengthening them and how to overcome them, (5) guided practice for increasing these areas in your lives, and, we also provide (6) related worksheets and resources to help with following through with these newly learned skills.