Improving Practical Intelligence in Maltreated Children Using Peer Socialization
Marina Spacek

Marina, I like how your article focused on the mental consequences of maltreatment, which I think are likely underreported. I agree that fostering practical intelligence skills in school could help children develop protective factors against the consequences of maltreatment. From a human development perspective, it is important to introduce these skills early in childhood because this time is crucial for the development of emotional regulation and social skills. But these skills do not only protect against maltreatment. Teaching all children practical life skills can also help them establish a solid foundation from which to explore and analyze their environments. These skills are not only important during early development, but can be applied to many circumstances children face in their futures. I wish that I were taught about these practical intelligence skills much earlier. I think that if I was explicitly taught better communication skills I could have developed a better relationship with my family.

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