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Emotional Regulation in Young Kids & Toddlers

Teaching emotional regulation skills at home can be challenging for many parents especially post pandemic. This webinar explores how to support children in understanding and controlling their feelings, energy levels and promote self-control over their behavioral choices. Anna White in this webinar will give you the toolbox of techniques in supporting it in the home environment.

Anna White, a Senior Occupational Therapist. She tells all about promoting emotional regulation at home. Moreover, she answers a few extremely important questions on this topic.

What is emotional regulation?

It is an intrinsic and extrinsic process. This process is responsible for identifying a situation. In addition to processing it, and responding to it with an emotional reaction. 

Furthermore, emotional regulation consists of three factors: 

  • – First, Understanding and accepting emotions.
  • – Second, Managing emotions depending on the situation.
  • – Third, Controlling impulsive behaviors. 

Why is emotional regulation important? 

Simply put, it is important because it can help our children improve many skills such as: 

  • – Attention.
  • – Academic performance.
  • – Resilience.
  • – Conflict resolution. 
  • – Express and relieve psychological stress. 
  • – Supports social and emotional development. 
  • – And Building relationships. 

How to promote it? 

First of all, start by building a vocabulary for feelings. This will help children identify those feelings. Moreover, you need to help them identify the triggers of such emotions and feelings. As parents, we need to model the behavior we want to see as well. Our children mimic our every move and we need to be aware of that. Finally, every child responds to certain strategies more than others. Therefore, you need to create a toolbox of strategies on your own to get the best result.

Signs for emotional dysregulation:

  • Unjustified anger. 
  • Physical aggression.
  • Harmful impulsivity. 
  • Extreme fear.
  • Swift movement on the emotional spectrum. 
  • Difficulties with social interactions. 
  • Using avoidance or distractions to manage emotions.