A big part of what we do with children is teach them safe and appropriate ways to cope and express themselves. We aren’t born knowing how to walk and we also aren’t born knowing how to deal with our emotions, solve problems, or handle disappointments. We learn to walk by someone holding our hands and guiding the process. We learn to calm ourselves as our parents hold, rock, soothe, and eventually teach us ways to calm ourselves on our own.
I encourage the children I work with to identify multiple coping and expression skills that work for them personally in various situations. The more they have in their toolbox that personally work for them the better.
This is one fun way to help children remember the skills that they have identified and realize that they have a choice of which skill to use in each situation. For example, walking outside…
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