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Second Step

Program Type: Resources - Information or materials that might help develop a program/project in a community but can not be defined as a Best Practice, Promising Practice, or Local Effort.

Second Step is a classroom based social skills program for preschool through junior high students 4 to 14 years old. It is designed to reduce impulsive, high risk, and aggressive behaviors; and increase children's social emotional competence and other protective factors. Group discussion, modeling, coaching, and practice are used to increase students' social competence risk assessment, decision-making ability, self-regulation, and positive goal setting. The program's lesson content varies by grade level and is organized into three skill-building units covering: 1) Empathy: teaches young people to identify and understand their own emotions and those of others 2) Impulse control and problem solving: helps young people choose positive goals; reduce impulsiveness; and evaluate consequences of their behavior in terms of safety, fairness, and impact on others 3) Anger management: enables young people to manage emotional reactions and engage in decision-making when they are highly aroused.

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Injury Prevention

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Child abuse/neglect


Name: Claudia Glaze
Site or Location Name: Second Step
Committee for Children Client Support Services Dept., 568 First Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (800) 634-4449