Top Tips for Teaching Emotional Regulation

  • Use emotional vocabulary all the time - identify and name the emotion you see or feel.
  • The context of the emotion is as important as the behaviour that stems from it
  • Teach coping strategies when the child is at their baseline stress level.
  • Practice emotional regulation strategies regularly. Model the positive behaviours you want to encourage
  • Simple Strategies are best, however be ready to get creative
  • Ensure all adults honour their side of all agreed responses
  • Create a safe space to develop these skills
  • Link known triggers to functional responses
  • Give emotional regulation time to work
  • You need to be the child’s emotional brakes when teaching these skills

Strategies to support emotional regulation

  • Tune into your own emotions
  • Calm and warm presence
  • Use gestures
  • Think about tone and volume of voice Have predictable routines
  • Calm the environment
  • Hold space- allow silence before talk
  • Validate emotions
  • Reduce cognitive overload- minimal instructions
  • Model coping strategies
  • Sit in the uncomfortable
  • Exercise
  • Physical contact
  • Connection activity i.e. a puzzle or read a book together
  • Sensory input i.e. soft blanket

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