Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Free Social-emotional Resources to Share with Families

Child Care Aware® of Central Missouri has been utilizing the free resources available from The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI) to help child care professionals manage challenging behaviors for several years.  Their website provides a variety of useful tools at no cost to you.  One new resource provides free printable handouts you can share with families to promote social-emotional skills at home.

The Backpack Connection Series helps parents stay informed about what their child is learning at school, and each one gives specific ideas on how to use the strategy or skill at home.   The handouts cover emotions such as jealousy, frustration, anger, and disappointment as well as challenging behaviors like biting.  There are also pages available on routines like bedtime and skills like sharing.

For example, the handout on smooth transitions offers these helpful tips:
  • Use a timer, instrument, or funny noise to alert the child about the coming transition.
  • Let the child choose a special toy to take with him to the new activity or place.
  • Use a visual schedule to show the child the plan for the day.
  • Use a special song during transition times.
  • Give the child a job to do during the transition. 
To view and print the Backpack Connection Series or other useful resources, visit TACSEI’s website,

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