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What is social emotional learning?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

Source: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

SEL Resources for Families

Disruptions to our personal and professional lives, schedule changes, and school closings present unique challenges to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. In these challenging times, we are sensitive to the needs of these individuals and their families. To help, we have compiled these resources aimed at reducing anxiety and restoring a sense of routine during the COVID-19 pandemic.


New Yorkers can call the State's hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations and for referrals to a provider. Free meditation and mindfulness resources are additionally available at


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has prepared a fact sheet: Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks.


How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus from PBS Kids


Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 from the National Association of School Psychologists 


Mindful Ozzy Introduces Mindfulness (Pre-k to Grade 2)

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QSAC School and Preschool in the Bronx

3200 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY 10468

Director: Susan Silvestri, Ph.D., BCBA-D, SAS, LBA

QSAC Early Childhood and Preschool Center (Queens)

245-37 60th Ave, Douglaston, NY 11362

Director: Joseph Traegler, M.S.Ed., SBL

QSAC School at Whitestone (Queens)

12-10 150th St, Whitestone, NY 11357

Director: Cynthia Martinez, M.S.Ed., M.S., BCBA, SBL

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