Parent FAQs

Do you have an overview of the Emotional ABCs program?

Emotional ABCs is a skills-based social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum for children ages 4-11 which teaches foundational emotional skills. Our program follows the national guidelines established by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading curriculum development group for SEL skills. Emotional ABCs has received awards from a wide spectrum of organizations including a “Top Pick” from Common Sense Media, the “Revere” Award from the Association of American Publishers, and an “Able Play” Award for children with special needs.

Parent subscriptions offer a complete Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum in a format that children can do with minimal supervision. The evidence-based program uses a full curriculum of videos in conjunction with more than 100 sequential online and offline skill-building activities, plus games and rewards that reinforce and expand these newly introduced skills. Parent subscriptions are divided into 10 Units, each with a set of Lessons, Rewards, and Certificates. Activities are varied to reach all types of learners and to maintain a child’s interest.

Parents love our Individual and Family accounts for the ease of independent learning. However, if you are looking for an SEL curriculum that is parent-led, the Parent subscriptions also offer full access to all the Teacher Workshops and resources found in our Emotional ABCs Classroom program.

What are Emotional Skills?

The leading authority on social emotional learning, The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Success (CASEL), defines social-emotional skills by using several important areas of competencies. These areas include Self-Awareness, Social-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision-Making, and Relationship Skills. Most social-emotional learning (SEL) programs work to teach students skills in these competencies.

How can Emotional Skills help my child?

Emotional skills can help your child make good decisions, especially in emotionally stressful situations because emotional skills help a child understand what they are feeling, discern the feelings of others, and evaluate their choices of action instead reacting impulsively. With strong emotional skills, children have the tools to make considered choices and are much more able to weather emotional storms. And, years of research has shown that children learn best and are most successful when they can better regulate their emotions.

How is the Emotional ABCs program different from the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum at my child’s school?

Schools that teach SEL curriculums are offering a great service to their students and families of their community. These programs often focus on social skills such as developing empathy, anti-bullying, understanding diversity, and team-building.

Our program teaches all competencies of SEL learning as outlined by The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Success (CASEL), but we have a specific emphasis on teaching children the fundamentals of basic personal emotional skills. These include, most importantly, the ability to identify, communicate, and effectively manage one’s own emotions. By building these strong individual emotional skills at home (skills which are often not included within a school SEL program), a child will have an increased ability to participate in school SEL curriculums, many of which focus on group social skills.

What is your pedagogical approach?

We use established pedagogical guidelines which are proven to promote skill-building. These include:
1. Making the goal clear
2. Presenting a model for the user to observe and copy
3. Introducing opportunities to practice the new skill
4. Offering chances to use the new skill ‘in real time’
5. Rewarding consistent effort
6. Creating a sequence that builds on previously mastered skills

Our Lesson List, which is available in all Parent subscriptions, is the basis for the complete sequential Emotional ABCs curriculum and demonstrates our pedagogical approach. Each Unit contains videos with supporting activities. Rewards are found on My Board.

At what age should I start my child on the program?

Emotional ABCs is designed to be fun, useful, and educational for children ages 4 and up but because each child learns differently, this will depend on your child. Developmentally, it is appropriate for very young children to act impulsively, but around the age of 4 years old, many children can start to better control some of their reactions. Refer to News to learn more about developmental timelines for emotional skills.

​My child is an emergent reader. Can they use your program?

We have added audio to most aspects of our program so a non-reader or an emergent reader can easily follow our instructions. However, some activities require elementary word recognition.

My child is on the autism spectrum or has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or has anxiety or other learning challenges. Is Emotional ABCs right for my child?

Emotional ABCs should never be used to diagnose or treat a mental health problem or as a substitute for consulting a medical or mental health professional. Mental health diagnoses and treatment should be provided only by a qualified mental health professional. (See Disclaimer.)

If you are considering using our program to help with a child on the spectrum or with special needs, our program’s efficacy is greatly dependent on the individual child. For some children on the spectrum, for example, learning to identify sensations, facial expression clues, emotions, and how to work through these emotions is extremely difficult. However, many parents and teachers of children with autism or other challenges have had much success using our program. Also, teachers in more than 10,000 Special Education classrooms across the country use our program and find it extremely helpful for their children and students. In fact, we received an award from ‘Able Play,’ an organization that rates program’s usefulness for children with special needs.

Our Parent programs use varied educational approaches to appeal to as many types of learners as possible. These include peer-to-peer video teaching, animation, an affable cartoon character named Moody, music, visuals, drawings, and online and offline games. If you are unsure if our program will appeal to your learner, we suggest you sign up for our Free Parent option and gauge your own child’s level of interest.

Feel free to go to our Facebook Reviews page at to see recent Teacher and Parent reviews (many of these are from Special Ed classes.)

​Can Emotional ABCs be done offline?

There are over 100 printables available that support the online program. Also, a library of Moody Cards can be printed. Children can use these cards to play matching games, card games, and other unplugged activities.

​I am a homeschooler. Can I get the Parent subscription for free?

No. Many companies that create programs used by homeschoolers are reimbursed by the government and can therefore offer their programs for free to homeschoolers. These large companies are providing complete curriculums equal to a full day of school on all subjects. We do not get reimbursed by the government, do not have the facility to do so, and therefore are not able to offer our program free to home educators. However, we have included our entire Emotional ABCs Classroom Curriculum within the low-cost Parent subscription.