Emotional regulation in children

  • Emotional regulation in children

    Posted by Jamie on October 13, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    What are some of the best ways to help children recognize their emotions and control their responses?

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  • Alisha

    October 14, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Some of the best ways to help children recognize their emotions and control their responses is by letting them speak and express their emotions, often times kids need to let their feelings out in order to help us as the caregiver understand them and once we do we’ll be able to help them.

  • Kina

    October 14, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    There are multiple ways but one of my favorites is the feeling dot video and books. In these books they state that feelings are like dots that come to visit us but are not us. There are other ways to do this such as having a chart of faces that show different emotions.

  • aparna ravipati

    October 15, 2022 at 5:45 am

    when the child is calm, role-play,then practice self-calming techniques ,breathing exercise with the child Each day

  • Ranjani

    October 18, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Let the child talk and listen to what they are saying. Then talk to the kid and make her/him understand how can they control. May be they can choose a spot and sit quietly, they can take a book and look at the picture and listening to music, singing a song or rhymes.

  • Taylor

    October 19, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Some of the best ways to help children recognize their emotions and control their responses is by asking them how they’re feeling when they act out or are dealing with big emotions.

    • Jamie

      October 20, 2022 at 3:03 pm

      Keep in mind that young children cannot always identify what emotion they are feeling. Observation and direct knowledge of the child will help you identify the emotion and then you can help the child learn what that emotion is and by watching, listening, and practicing, the child can come to learn the skills for themselves

  • Rachel

    October 26, 2022 at 4:26 am

    let them speak out and express their emotions to you whenever they are acting out, and try finding a solution in a nurturing kind way that will help them.

  • Shaylee

    October 26, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Some of the best ways would be to let them express themselves, have some time to themselves if wanted or needed, talk with them.

    • Diamon

      January 3, 2023 at 11:10 am

      I ask them questions & let them tell me how they feel and then i notice how they react and then if that doesn’t work i just try & learn the child and see if they can express to me overall in different ways not communicating it to me but showing me & i’ve noticed that worked.

  • Nahomi

    October 30, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Most kids don’t have the words to describe their big emotions yet (hence why they “act out”), so I can narrate instead: “I can see you are frustrated by the way your fists are balled up,” or “I can see you’re sad because you have tears streaming down your face— how can I help?”

    Another way to help would be to have a Feeling Chart so they can point to the picture they relate to (happy, sad, scared, angry, etc).

  • Andraya

    November 5, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    some of the best ways to help children to self regulate are to role play when they are calm, practice deep breathing daily, body checks, and temperature charts for feelings.

  • Bonnie Claire

    November 5, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Some of the best ways include a feelings/emotions chart. Children can be taught breathing techniques or simple stretching and yoga that could help them release the overwhelming emotions.

  • jess

    November 11, 2022 at 7:32 am

    Honestly one of the ways it you can give them to express the emotions when they’re not sure how they’re feeling is just give them time to talk because even though they might not know how they’re feeling they can express the situation and you could be like oh who are you feeling sad or happy about that and what would make that better.

    • Jamie

      November 12, 2022 at 2:08 pm

      Time to talk is great. Observing behavior and encouraging activities that allow them to process emotions that they may not be able to identify verbally can be very helpful.

  • Anna

    November 15, 2022 at 3:56 am

    This is still an area I am learning about, and finding effective techniques has been somewhat difficult so far. Especially in the heat of the moment. What I know of so far is to help remove them from the stressful situation, either by allowing them to be by themselves (within view) for a bit, or giving them a brief ‘time out’ not as a punishment but just to let them cool down for a bit. Ask them about what happened and why, give ample time for responses especially if they’re crying. If they don’t seem like they can articulate clearly, ask yes or no questions and let them just nod or shake their head in response. Verbally empathize with how they’re feeling, such as “X is frustrating, isn’t it? I understand why you feel angry about it.” And when a child *does* verbally express their emotional needs and sets a boundary, respect it without complaint!

  • miranda

    November 17, 2022 at 2:12 am

    Use an emotion chart. Help them find small ways to exert their emotions.

  • Kristin

    November 17, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    I liked the ideas of using a behavior chart. Noticing how a child is behaving and labeling that childs behavior and what emotion they are exuding and then working through how the child can feel better. Breathing exercises and the stuffed animals on the tummy is a great tool to use to show children how breathing can calm them and make them feel content again.

  • Nadia

    November 23, 2022 at 12:10 am

    by listening and communicating them and letting them express their feelings and by telling them stories and making art of different emotion and moods and helping them and letting them know to know these are normal but what we can do is deep breath and stretching

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