Sensory, Emotions & Feelings
Helping children identify and express themselves
Understanding emotions & feelings in children
Managing our emotions is hard, whether you are four or six or forty six! Children and adults experience similar emotions and feelings. Frustration, excitement, nervousness, happiness, sadness, jealousy, scared, worried, angry and embarrassed plus others.
Younger children’s verbal skills are still developing and therefore won’t always talk about how they are feeling and instead show their feelings in other ways. Through facial and body expressions, their behaviour and through play, and sometimes they may act out in physical or problematic ways.
Teaching children healthy ways to express and cope with their emotions and feeling during early childhood will lead to positive attitudes and behaviours later in life.
Turning emotional meltdowns into opportunities for mindful development.
Help children to develop effective strategies for managing overwhelming, stressful feelings and emotions.
- Take 3 deep breaths or count slowly to 10
- Use words to express feelings and what you wish would happen
- Remember that it is never okay to hurt others
- Ask for help to solve the problem