Humanex designed a program that embeds social and emotional skills development into the entire program, both inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Tom, our full-time psychologist, along with the Humanex Academy staff, take a very relational approach, focused on building skills and finding successes for each student as they navigate their day. Whether a student is focused on approaching the challenge of a difficult subject area, improved social skills, executive functioning, or improved self-regulation, we feel that an approach that works with students, “in the moment”, is the most effective way to build skills that will transfer to other situations. This starts with building an environment where students feel safe to try and struggle, and where they know they will find an equal amount of success. This is achieved by maintaining a supportive, dynamic, structured, and “real world” environment where it is possible to learn and practice these skills.
The overall goal of the program is to ultimately make social skill instruction, the need for resilience, and skill development relevant and meaningful – and ultimately driven from within themselves. As students find success so does their confidence to take on and manage additional challenges.