Regulation

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Self regulation is one’s ability to regulate emotions and behavior in situations.  Some students acquire naturally while others need explicit teaching and tools.   Students who are emotionally dysregulated can display their dysregulation in many ways.  This can include acting out, tantrums, distractibility or irritable behaviors.   A regulated child is able  to manage their emotional reactions in everyday life.  We empower students to have tools to regulate themselves and more seamlessly work through normal road bumps of life.’


Why is Self-Regulation important?

If self-regulation is so important why have I never heard of it?  While you may have never heard the term you have experienced what it looks like.  A child throwing a temper tantrum is a prime example of one that does not have self regulation skills.  They are feeling emotions yet not sure how to manage and work through those feelings.  Most children “grow out of it” while others don’t.  We can all benefit from learning explicit strategies to develop self-regulation skills

Mindfulness or awareness is information that one gains from paying attention to the present moment.  This can include breathing strategies and gratitude thinking.  It includes teaching kids to pause and think before they react.  This helps them learn to focus and calm prior to reacting to their feelings.

Cognitive reframing is a strategy involving changing your thought patterns.  It involves reinterpreting a situation in order to change your emotional response to it.  It helps children expand their understanding of situations and have new ways to interpret situations.  It helps increase positive emotions.

Strong self-regulators will:
  • Act in accordance with their values
  • Use self calming strategies
  • Cheer themselves when feeling down
  • Maintain open communication
  • Persist through difficulties
  • Put forth their best effort
  • Be flexible and adapt to situations
  • Take control of situations when necessary
  • View challenges as opportunities

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