Monday, 6 February 2017

Self-Regulation Apps

I thought I would post some really good apps that help to teach your child all about The Zones of Regulation and managing their emotions. They are NOT Free however, but thought I would share in case you were interested in purchasing for your iPhone or iPad :)

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Calming the 'Red Brain'

Please click on the link below to read this wonderful article about The Winnipeg School Division and their take on 

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

What Pushes Your Buttons?

We spoke to our students about their STRESSORS or TRIGGERS. Having them reflect on 'What Pushes Their Buttons' is the first step in helping them understand what is bothering them and how they can manage or cope with the stress. Here are some examples...

Stress Relief Ideas

When you or your child are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, what can you do? How can you help? This image provides you with some simple tips and techniques to help you calm and regulate your emotions. 

The Huffington Post wrote an interesting article about managing your child's stress. Check it out below!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The Way I Feel

A wonderful book to help children name and express their emotions! Click the link below to hear this wonderful book read aloud

Learning to Manage Feelings

Children’s feelings and emotions can sometimes be intense. They can be quickly taken over by feelings of excitement, fear, frustration or joy. When feelings take over a child’s behaviour- it can be difficult for them to manage, without help from an adult. It is important for adults and caregivers to be able to recognize these emotions and feelings and label them! Understanding that having all emotions is acceptable, but teaching our children ways to cope with these feelings and emotions is crucial to their development.

How Parents Can help Children Manage Feelings

  1. Notice Feelings
Before we can learn how to control feelings, we first have to notice them. You can help your child by noticing and paying attention to the ways they are feeling throughout the day and by giving them names- happy, angry, excited, frustrated.

     2. Talk About Everyday Feelings

Talking with your child about what it feels like when you are angry, sad, scared, nervous etc...will help them find ways to express their feelings without them having to act out through negative behaviours.

3. Create a Space for Talking About Difficult Feelings

Help children separate a feeling from a difficult reaction by helping them name it. Being able to say or think, “I am feeling angry”, means that children don’t have to act really angry before anyone notices. They can then choose how they will respond, perhaps by using one of the tools appropriate to get them out of that zone.

Things To Try At Home

  • Use feeling words when you talk with your children about everyday situations: “You scored a goal! How exciting was that!” or “It must be pretty disappointing that you can’t play with Sarah today.”
  • Invite children to describe their own feelings: “I’m feeling pretty nervous about going to the dentist. How about you?”

Friday, 2 December 2016

All Zones Are OKAY!

You just need to manage the one you're in!

Self-regulation is something everyone continually works on, whether we are aware of it or not. We all encounter difficult circumstances that test our limits from time to time. If we are able to recognize when we are becoming less regulated, we are able to do something about it to feel better and get ourselves into a better place (green zone). This comes easier for some of us, but for others, it is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced. This is the goal of the Zones of Regulation (or Zones for short) :)

Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.- Charles Swindoll

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