Kid Connection

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  • Lawrence Kid Connection

  • Kid Connection is a Tier 2 Intervention Program that provides TK-5th grade students an opportunity to learn and practice the 5 competencies of Social Emotional Learning in a small group setting. Research indicates that students who are taught social-emotional learning skills show academic gains, improved classroom behavior, are better able to manage stress, anxiety, and depression, and have more satisfying relationships with others.  The 5 Social Emotional Learning competencies are:



    Social Awareness

    Relationship Skills

    Responsible Decision Making

    During their weekly half-hour Kid Connection session, small groups of students meet with the Kid Connection Specialist in a dedicated Kid Connection room.  The sessions are held during the school day.  Examples of specific lessons taught and practiced include being aware of emotions, managing emotions, taking a deep breath, being mindful, beginning a conversation, joining a group, taking turns, resolving conflict, maintaining friendships, and making a responsible decision.  Over the last 30 years, Kid Connection has supported the social-emotional development of thousands of students in the LVJUSD. For more information regarding The Kid Connection, please contact:

    Gayleen Kiviharju, Kid Connection Specialist, Lawrence Elementary


    Liisa Hanninen-Danner, PhD, LVJUSD Wellness Coordinator