Emotional regulation in children

  • Cassidy

    January 13, 2023 at 5:05 am

    Letting them express their emotions and speak or cry about what’s bothering them and listen. Then when you’ve sat with them, maybe done some breathing excersizes if needed, and you’re both feeling calm express to them what you noticed them to be feeling and help walk them through a role play of what happened from your point of view and work to show them how to better be able to handle whatever emotion they are feeling for the future.

  • sophie

    January 14, 2023 at 6:12 am

    Encouraging and letting them express how they’re feeling in that moment and ask why they’re feeling that way . As a care provider once you do that you can take a plan of action to stop them from feeling as such

  • Ashley

    January 14, 2023 at 8:49 pm

    I always try to let children know that whatever they are feeling is valid. I encourage them to release their emotions if they need to and to communicate with me so I can help them. I won’t pressure them and will give them space to calm down as they need it.

  • Scion

    January 15, 2023 at 12:15 am

    There are several ways one can help a child recognize and regulate their emotions as outlined in the module are the following:

    1. Use a visual manipulative like a feelings chart to show how emotions vary in intensity.

    2. Using a body check; describing their body language in the moment to them and tell them what that body language tells me.

    3. physical play that incorporates striking, kicking, catching, and environmental exploration.

    4. Self calming breathing practices!

  • Marissa

    January 16, 2023 at 12:27 am

    Feelings chart. Quiet Corner. Listening to the child.

  • Robyn

    January 17, 2023 at 1:17 am

    Talk with the child and really listen to them. Give them an identifier into what they are feeling. Show them ways to comfort and calm themselves. It can be breathing, it can be rubbing their feet. It can be finding space.

  • Sophia

    January 17, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Help kids understand what physiological signs they are feeling are connected to emotions they’re having. For example, when a child feels sweaty or has their heart racing, they might also be upset. By helping kids label their emotions, we can help them process things.

  • Sarah

    January 18, 2023 at 7:05 pm

    let them express their emotions. do not make them feel like emotions are good vs bad or valid vs invalid

    work with them to figure out what they are feeling and what they would like you to respond with. I had a student who lashed out because they did not allow frontal hugs at my last job and the child really wanted a big bear hug. I told them “yes you can have a hug, but only side hugs are allowed at swim lessons”.

  • Emma

    January 19, 2023 at 4:25 am

    I incorporate a lot of emotion picture charts to first help my students see what each emotion looks like. I also provide lots of emotion books in the classroom. In my quiet area, I have provided visual cue cards of various calming techniques, such as stretches, breathing exercises, and songs to provide the children an opportunity to self regulate their large emotions on their own (which is important as children begin to foster a sense of independence). I also openly discuss emotions with my students and encourage them to share with me what emotions they are feeling.

    • Jamie

      January 24, 2023 at 3:39 pm

      It is very helpful for students to have a name for an emotion to assist with managing that emotion. Picture charts are great assistants for making the connections.

  • Alexis

    January 23, 2023 at 11:57 pm

    Giving them a chance to voice their thoughts to you can help them understand what they are feeling and why a bit better

  • Kaitlyn

    January 24, 2023 at 4:49 pm

    Allowing children to be seen and heard when they are needing to express themselves and their emotions. Young children may not always be able to identify what exact emotion they are feeling, but it is very important for us as care providers to really watch and listen and take in what they may be “expressing” through their actions.

  • Jiwan

    January 25, 2023 at 9:06 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.

  • Marlana

    January 25, 2023 at 11:27 pm

    First, giving them a safe space to calm down is best. This also gives you time to observe their feelings to help identify how to help them. You can take this time to listen to what they are feeling and saying, also finding out what their interest are.

  • AJ

    January 26, 2023 at 1:00 am

    Sometimes being aware of their body language and responses and then communicating to them what you notice (in a positive manner) is one of the better ways. Helping them be more aware of physicality, since they may not put words to emotions yet, is a way they can also monitor themselves. Once you point it out help them find a way to mend the behavior and relax to let go of the stress.

  • Francisca

    January 27, 2023 at 2:41 am


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