Through Zero-to-Five and Preschool services, BIPR seeks to contribute to children’s healthy emotional development. Zero-to-Five services provide assessments to identify issues and consultation to encourage positive social connections. Another way in which BIPR facilitates children’s healthy relationships is the Connections Classroom at First Presbyterian Preschool. The classroom provides an environment in which children with developmental disabilities and emotional problems can learn academic and social skills. Recent research in Australia shows that positive social relationships in childhood and adolescence are key to adult happiness.
Research, led by Craig Olsson, was performed at Deakin University and the Murdoch Children’s Research Insitute. The team analyzed data regarding 804 people followed for 32 years, participants in New Zealand’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. Researchers explored the connections between family disadvantage, social connectedness, and language development in childhood; social connectedness and academic achievement in adolescence; and well-being in adulthood. Results showed a strong connection between social connectedness in childhood and adolescence and well-being in adulthood, but a weak one between children’s language development, adolescent’s high academic achievement, and well-being: implying that settings and programs such as the Connections Classroom foster healthy, happy adults!
More information about these results can be found in the following article: