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Core Methods A. Strategies to Promote Social-Emotional Development.
Learning to attend to cues, determine and meet the current stage of social-emotional capacity in any moment, then move the child or teen up the developmental ladder in each interpersonal interaction.
Core Methods B. Understanding and Addressing Individual Differences in Processing Profiles
Observing and using children’s individual differences in sensory, motor, visual, auditory, and language processing capacities.
Capacity 1: Regulation and Attention: Attaining a Calm, Alert, Attentive State
ATTUNING: Understanding the primary importance of a calm, alert state before expecting anything further in a given moment or in their overall growth trajectory.
Capacity 2: Social Engagement: Getting Involved and Connected CONNECTING: Facilitating the component parts of social engagement, including social interest, pleasure, mutual gaze, gestures, attachment, facial affect, initiating and responding to joint attention,, clarity of bids, peer and sibling bonding, and more...
Capacity 3: Reciprocal Social Interaction: Initiating and Responding Purposefully RESPONDING: Supporting the growth of mutuality, reciprocity, and initiative.
Capacity 4: Complex Communication: Using Gestures and Words to Solve Problems Together EXPANDING: Instigating extended communication to pave the way for social cooperation and social problem solving.
Capacity 5: Symbolic Play: Creating and Using Ideas PRETENDING: Prioritizing the formation of symbols, ideas, and narrative to foster emotional and cognitive growth.
Capacity 6: Emotional Thinking and Logical Thinking: Making Sense of Oneself, Others, and the World CHALLENGING: Providing opportunities for understanding emotions and for building bridges between ideas to make sense of the world and develop insight, empathy, judgement, etc.
Capacity 7-9: Complex Thinking: Multicausal, Gray Area, and Reflective Thinking REFLECTING: Helping children and adolescents to think with more precision, nuance, and subtlety about the self, others, and the world.