Emotional Regulation Junior Genius Global Tips to Support Emotional Regulation in the Classroom

Addressing difficult behaviors among children in the classroom frequently stems from insufficient emotional understanding. The connection between challenging behaviors and emotional regulation is undeniable and can generate stress and frustration for both children and educators.

As educators in early childhood, it's crucial to recognize that self-regulation is a learned skill for children. While facilitating emotional regulation may initially pose challenges, integrating it into the classroom routine can ultimately foster a more peaceful, engaging and joyful learning environment for both children and teachers.

Tips to Support Emotional Regulation
Tips to Support Emotional Regulation

Here are emotional regulation tips to help children learn how to regulate themselves independently and reduce challenging behaviors in the classroom environment.

Before a child can self-regulate, help them co-regulate with you first. Dysregulated children need connection. If you can connect with them, you can regulate them.

  • Validate all emotions. Help them feel seen and heard, listen and provide support.
  • Offer a mental and physical presence. Remain calm and patient.
  • Engage the child with their 5 senses, such as comfort blanket, music, sensory bottle or even touch therapy.

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Top tip: in order to co-regulate with a child, ensure you are in a regulated state yourself.

Offer opportunities for daily emotional check-ins with each child.

  • Using visual aids, help children identify how they are feeling when they enter the classroom.
  • Regularly discuss throughout the day how each child is feeling.
  • Create a display of emotions and feelings to support children in identifying how they feel throughout the day.
  • If a child is non-verbal, using emotions, images and visuals can help them express themselves and share with an adult how they are feeling.

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Practice Breathwork with children as a strategy to support emotional regulation.

  • When a child focuses on their breath, they can release any stress, worries or anxieties.
  • The key to deep breathing for kids is to make the exercises fun and easy to remember for example; Hi 5 Breath
  • Using a form of movement or visualization technique can make breathwork a fun activity for children.

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