What is self-regulation? Self-regulation is the ability to monitor and manage your thoughts, feelings, and actions in acceptable and safe ways. In simple terms, it is your ability to think before you act, pause before you snap, and express your big feelings in a safe manner. So, how do we help our children build this invaluable skill?
Wellness is a conscious, self-directed, and evolving process of achieving full potential throughout a lifetime (The National Wellness Institute). In keeping with our focus on supporting the whole child, the Student Wellness Team strives to support the overall social-emotional growth and development of all students. This is achieved through a combination of direct student support, classroom lessons, skill-building groups, yoga, mindfulness, psycho-educational workshops, family support, and community collaboration.
The Student Wellness Team at NNM facilitates self-regulation lessons within the Peace Room - a space for mindfulness, connection, and the development of self-regulation skills. Student Wellness uses social skills and emotional regulation curriculum to teach these skills within all levels. Student Wellness consistently collaborates with teachers, parents, Learning Support team, Level Directors, the Director of Equity and Inclusion, and outside support providers on behalf of NNM students.
From an early age, we help all students see themselves as unique—with individual preferences, strengths, and challenges—which helps them form a healthy relationship with their identity that serves them for their entire educational and socio-emotional journey.
For students who may be identified as needing additional academic support, we can achieve learning successes through learning intervention tailored to a student's individual learning needs. Students who are identified as having learning or attention differences can be provided support according to the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) model of student assistance. Our Learning Support team uses data to monitor student progress and adjust interventions accordingly. If the team determines that additional support is needed, we can refer them to outside resources and interventions.
Our Learning Support Program Coordinator oversees the tracking of student progress and intervention, maintains communication between all service providers, teachers, and parents, and maintains records of all support provided.
NNM’s health office provides consistent structures to protect the health of students and the overall community at the school, ensure compliance with state and local regulations, and give health-related leadership guidance during important decision making.
NNM keeps parents informed if their children have been exposed to any contagious illnesses and provides families expert guidance on steps families need to take in order to care for the health of their children.
Stories from Wellness
It's no secret that reading can transport us from our own world to another. Reading allows children to become immersed in the lives of others. It opens their minds to different cultures, identities, and individuals and parallels and relationships between their own lives and the world surrounding them.
As such, the effects of reading on child development are monumental, and supporting your child to read at home can have critical, lasting effects. Reading to and with your child helps them to develop language, value books and storytelling, be imaginative, and develop focus, communication, and socialization skills. As parents, you are in a great position to ensure reading is a foundational part of your child’s daily routine by supporting the work they do each day at school in the home.
With our team, we have the privilege of being able to work with everyone. Every level, classroom, and program — from one-on-one meetings with students to consultations with teachers and parents. If something is happening with students, classroom dynamics, or the parent community — we are ready to help.