When we look at children’s emotional literacy we are considering:
- How we acknowledge our feelings
- Our ability to label our feelings
- Our skills to be able to regulate ourselves
As adults, we are also considering how:
4. We co-regulate, by calming ourselves to respond to children’s needs
Learning strategies, and supporting children to practice these as part of their daily routines, allows them to maintain better levels of regulation day to day. The greatest challenge we can have is when we WAIT until a child is dysregulated before we start looking at strategies.
Regulation strategies are things that we use every day, and before, during and after challenges so that children feel safer and more in control.
You can download our free regulation cards to create visual prompts for children, or add them into your current visual timetables to support children to respond to their feelings.
Consider how you can use these AROUND difficult situations, for instance which may cause overwhelm, sensory issues or be anxiety triggers.
- Download the worksheet HERE
- Collect colouring pens or pencils
- Talk through each card and what they mean
- Think about WHEN it might help
- Colour each card in
- Cut them out and consider where they are useful
- You may want to laminate them and pop on a keyring or add to visual timetable boxes
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