Connect Us is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to guide all children to develop positive relationships & promote social inclusion.
Connect Us is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to guide all children to develop positive relationships & promote social inclusion. Using the Social Aptitude Inclusive Play (SAIP) model, Connect Us:
• Builds social and emotional skills in children ages 3 – 13
• Improves elementary school recess environments
• Provides year-round programs that include children of all backgrounds and abilities for the benefit of all
Connect Us envisions a world where all children embrace diversity and social stigmas do not exist. Despite differences and abilities, all children learn from each other and can flourish in nonjudgmental, inclusive environments.
• Social and emotional problems are prevented when social skill development is a priority early in childhood
• All children desire friendships and want to be included
• Facilitating the development of social skills is most effective during ‘real time’ play situations
• Bullies may always exist, but they’ll have no power when we instill skills, values and expectations early in childhood to overcome the bystander mentality
• The Golden Rule should be a critical component of education
• During recess, students should have access to adults and mentors who assist with conflict resolution and foster inclusion
• Bystander mentality and indifference are perpetuated early in life when kids are ignored or reprimanded for ‘tattling’
• Children susceptible to bullying or becoming bullies are best served when schools, parents and the community collaborate to address the issues
The SCIP model focuses on building social competence in children through inclusive and collaborative play. Programs allow children to practice communication, problem-solving and leadership skills in a safe and supportive setting. Our programs are designed to promote positive social interactions using evidence-based strategies and evaluation tools developed by Dr. Annette Nunez, PhD.