|Posted on October 8, 2017 at 5:15 AM|
‘SEMPI Social Communication Model’ Important benefits for future generations
Written by Alyse Price-Tobler, creator of www.sempi.net
The ‘SEMPI Social Communication Model’ will be free for anyone who would like to use it across the world. It is written for anyone aged from 3 until 110, no matter what your physical or mental state, occupation, intelligence or social ranking.
This particular piece is specifically about the benefits of the ‘SEMPI Social Communication Model’ on children of this day and age and the generations that are following.
The ‘SEMPI Social Communication Model’ teaches our kids a new way to speak about, understand and gain personal insight about how both their bodies and minds are feeling from an early age.
‘SEMPI’ is a new and easy mental health language that teaches children how to use ‘mindful communication’ to speak openly without stigma about their own mental health and how their emotions and thoughts are affecting them. This is highly important, as the skills learned from the ‘SEMPI Social Communication Model’ come together holistically to teach any child the language to express themselves to another person. I also call it a ‘mentally boosting, pay it forward model’. This allows the child to feel heard and understood, while improving the emotional intelligence. It allows children to teach and use the new language with each other, or an adult anytime. It is hoped that the empathy and listening levels within the children utilising this model will become heightened, and emotional intelligence and caring for each other will become the norm, making bullying outdated and a thing of the past.
This model has been created specifically to reduce the stigma of mental health problems and mental illness among children, so that as they grow up speaking about their inner thoughts and emotions will be a normal everyday occurrence! Hopefully, the shame and guilt that we as adults feel regarding our own mental health, personal limits and taking mental health days off will not exist in the next generation of children. We need to start thinking long term and learn to empower our children for the generations that are coming. The ‘SEMPI Social Communication Model’ covers all aspects of mental health in an easy to learn and use acronym. This allows the child to use the model in sequence until they feel comfortable and once mastered, they can choose which letter they feel is the most important for them. It may even be a combination of letters to express their emotions.
Previously children have been taught the skills to identify and implement precautions so that they won’t become physically sick, but as a society we have not taught children how to prevent becoming mentally sick. Nor have we taught them how to look after their beautiful minds. We all have mental health and are faced with challenges from early childhood which include bullying from family members, peer group pressure, low self-esteem to much more serious challenges such as sexual abuse, abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence and involvement in divorce. Traditionally, society has chosen to be reactionary in its approach to mental health and this is where the ‘SEMPI Social Communication Model’ comes in. This model teaches children how to speak up about what they are experiencing instead of bottling it up and not knowing how to talk about the pain. It also teaches children a language so that if anything happens to them that they wish to share, then they will have the ground skills, words and confidence to talk about their experiences in safety. Children also have the option to explore their pain, give it a voice and develop an understanding of how and why it is affecting them.
The ‘SEMPI Social Communication Model’ also promotes mindfulness as it offers the child time to turn within and reflect on how their body and mind are reacting to the outside stimulus, in that moment. I believe that if a child can learn the skills from this model, adopt them into everyday conversation and have it become a natural part of their daily lives, then they may not carry as much trauma from the event into their adult lives due to the event being dealt with immediately, giving the child and adults around them information and time to decide whether professional help needs to be instigated.
Can you imagine for one moment, being able to stop any negative thinking quickly, preventing any ‘cyclical maladaptive patterns’ from forming as a child? (Levenson, 1997). As a society, we would also be imbedding the great importance of mental self-care into our precious youth. It needs to be a priority that we instil the importance of physical illness preventions equally as much as a new mental health language, where children listen to their minds, learn the ‘SEMPI’ language and use their voices in order to feel relief and be heard and understood. In many cases, it may also relieve loneliness.
We need to invest in this model for all of the future generations so that they don’t have to suffer like we have. Thank you for reading. With love and gratitude, Alyse