Caroline Maguire

In January, The Literacy Institute at Woodlynde School was proud to offer two programs, presented by social-emotional learning coach Caroline Maguire.

  • Connections matter: Building social skills during challenging times Watch now
  • Coaching social skills: Parents and teachers with a game plan Watch now

Download Caroline Maguire’s Interactive Conversation Guide (the handout for both presentations) from her ground-breaking coaching book: Why Will No One Play with Me?, a guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals who work with children, teens, and adults.

Learn more with Caroline Maguire's Coaching Conversations Video Course.

Did you attend? You can download your Certificate of Participation here.
Connections matter: Building social skills during challenging times
January 14, 2021

The first of two programs presented by social-emotional learning coach Caroline Maguire is geared to parents of students in middle school through high school who have learning differences, special needs and/or anxiety.

Social and emotional learning or SEL is more important, and more difficult, than ever due to the pandemic. Helping children manage their own behaviors and emotions, build relationships, and make good decisions will be detailed in this presentation.

Older children have a different experience of school closure, social distancing, school reopening (but looking different), the unfamiliar pace or format of learning, and the possibility of more disruptions in the future. Caroline will provide scripts to follow when talking to tweens and teens about difficult issues. Coping with feelings and resolving conflict is a top priority now as we experience anxiety from events that are often beyond our control.  

Coaching social skills: Parents and teachers with a game plan
January 28, 2021

Feeling connected, interpreting social signals, and communicating social and emotional needs are challenging for many children. In stressful times, including social distancing and online learning, how do we support the increasing number of students who need to develop critical social, emotional, and communication skills? Fortunately, Caroline Maguire is our master coach who will provide us with insights, strategies, and scripts to facilitate our approach to these complex needs. In this presentation, Caroline will discuss the potential long-term effects of the pandemic on a younger children's social, emotional, and cognitive development. She will introduce the tools and demonstrate the coaching process parents need to become their child’s social skills coach based on her groundbreaking book and training curriculum, Why Will No One Play with Me?

Adjusting to change is always difficult, and there is a real worry that young people with learning differences, whose education and social development have been disrupted, might be some of the worst affected by the pandemic. With her renowned expertise, you will explore the practical and emotional challenges facing children, discover learning through play and stress management strategies, the importance of SEL in a crisis, managing remote learning fatigue, adult wellbeing, and age-sensitive SEL knowledge and activities all being included. 

About Caroline Maguire 
A CHADD certified coach, Caroline founded and facilitates a comprehensive SEL training methodology (#ConnectionMatters) for adults, parents, clinicians, and academic professionals on how to develop critical social, emotional and communication skills, in themselves and in others. Caroline’s book Why Will No One Play With Me?  is a playbook that includes foolproof scripts on how to communicate – with anyone, in any situation – and how to ensure the message registers with the recipient – no small task! Through her private practice, publications, lectures and workshops, her mission is to vanquish the devastating effects of feeling different and misunderstood or adolescents to read the room and interpret social cues as well as how to recognize other people’s point of view. These are skills that impact every interaction and that are clearly needed by everyone in today’s world.  Her hands-on teaching and practical techniques empower parents and teachers to employ skills that result in positive and noticeable progress. 

While her “Play Better Plan” is designed to help children of all ages make friends and thrive, we live at a time when it is crucial for all of us to walk in another person’s shoes and be able to “read the room” and communicate effectively with others.
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergartenelementarymiddle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.