Emotional Literacy

Emotional Literacy is the term used to describe the ability to understand and express feelings.  Emotional Literacy involves having self-awareness and recognition of one's own feelings and knowing how to manage them, such as the ability to stay calm when angered or to reassure oneself when in doubt. 

  • Self-awareness: Children and Young People with high emotional intelligence understand their emotions and they don't let their feelings rule them. 

  • Self-regulation: is the ability to manage your emotions and behaviour in accordance with the demands of the situation.

  • Motivation: Children can become self-motivated when their natural curiosity is encouraged and supported and tend to do things simply because they enjoy doing them. When praising children, it is most important to focus on their efforts and achievements.

  • Empathy: Children understand that they are a distinct person from those around them and that other people may have different feelings and perspectives than their own. They can recognise feelings in themselves and others and name them.

  • Social skills / Life skills: Children can develop skills in decision-making and problem-solving; creative thinking (see also: lateral thinking) and critical thinking; communication and interpersonal skills; self-awareness and empathy; assertiveness and equanimity; and resilience and coping with emotions and coping with stress.

Who is it for

Children in school from

year one to year six

(6 years to 11 years)

How to refer

Referrals to SBAP should be made,  with the parent's permission, by the  child's school

How many sessions

Emotional Literacy is a six week programme. 

More complex needs can be given longer depending on circumstances