Consultation for School Age Programming; Square Width Model

girl with notebook smilingThe purpose of the Square Width Model is to fuel constructive social, emotional and academic engagement by all children, including gifted, neurotypical, traumatized, autistic, advantaged and disadvantaged children within inclusive groups.  It generates recognition of each participant by incorporating the self expression and contributions of each individual child and staff member into the design of the program. As participants create part of the program, other participants have the opportunity to join in.  This creates interest, attention and constructive interactions in the diverse group.  At the same time, Square Width embeds processes that have been demonstrated empirically (by neuroscience, attachment, micro video analysis, and systems research) to lead to social and academic competence in school and afterschool programming.  This is done through workshops, modeling and consultation with staff.   In practice, Square Width has resulted in substantial social and academic gains. This model was developed and piloted at the Children YES afterschool program at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center in from 2010 -2012.


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