Second Step

Second Step helps our students know how to learn and get along with others.

The program teaches skills in the following four areas:

  1. Skills for learning:  Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen     carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.
  2. Empathy:  Students learn to identify and understand their own and others' feelings.  Students also learn how to take another perspective and how to show compassion.
  3. Emotion Management:  Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety and anger.
  4. Problem Solving:  Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.


Teachers, principals and other school staff identify  the students who would benefit from a social skills group or are having difficulty adjusting to school. Once identified, the trained child aides meet with students on a weekly basis.   Child aides work under the direct supervision of a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credentialed staff member and a mental health professional. 


Second Step Program

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