How Can We Help Kids With Self-Regulation?

What is self-regulation?

Self-regulation is the ability to manage your emotions and behavior in accordance with the demands of the situation. It includes being able to resist highly emotional reactions to upsetting stimuli, to calm yourself down when you get upset, to adjust to a change in expectations and to handle frustration without an outburst. It is a set of skills that enables children, as they mature, to direct their own behavior towards a goal, despite the unpredictability of the world and our own feelings.

  • Avoid situations that are hard for kids to handle

  • Practice runs- if the child has problems at the store or another location, make the trip short and sweet

  • Slow down for the kids, they need time to process

  • Give non-judgmental feedback