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Coping with Changes: Social-Emotional Learning Through Play

This is a free course, created by the Lego Foundation to help primary caregivers and teachers of young people learn how to provide playful and engaging social emotional learning (SEL) support to children affected by COVID-19 disruption.

Discover mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and SEL strategies

COVID-19 means children around the world must adjust to school closure, social distancing, school reopening (but looking different), and the probability of more school closures in future.

These changes will impact children’s academic outcomes as well as challenge their mental health and socio-emotional wellbeing, which forms the basis of their ability to learn.

This course, available on Future Learn, helps to explore the practical and emotional challenges facing children and discover learning through play and stress management strategies that can help. The content also sheds light on the potential long term effects of crises on a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development.

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Explain Mental Health Psychosocial Support and Social Emotional Learning

  • Apply social emotional learning through Play in practice

  • Develop routines to create a sense of normalcy through rapid transitions and changes

  • Demonstrate stress management strategies, including mindfulness, individual and social strategies

  • Design age-sensitive activities to support children in crisis

  • Explore the different phases of brain development and the potential effects of crisis on their social, emotional, and cognitive development

The fabulous faculty includes: LEGO Foundation's Programme Specialists Ole Kjær Thomasen and Paul St John Frisoli and Mette Hauch, Facilitation Innovation Specialist.

Help children develop their socio-emotional skills!


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