It sounds surprising, but you can improve emotional regulation in your child in as little as 7 minutes per day. I’ll explain how.

Our lives are so busy, it makes it hard to make time for new, time-consuming activities.

But 7 minutes is such a short period of time and can have a huge impact on your child’s emotional regulation skills.

Emotional Regulation and Dysregulation

Emotional regulation is the ability to effectively manage and respond to an emotional experience. People unconsciously use emotion regulation strategies to cope with difficult situations many times throughout each day.

When a child experiences dysregulation they aren’t able to diffuse their negative emotions. When a child experiences dysregulation they aren’t able to diffuse their negative emotions. These emotions can take control leading to over-the-top reactions, outbursts, or meltdowns. This is extremely common for children with complex behavioral challenges. For example, kids who have Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, or other neurological differences.

Emotional regulation can be achieved in two ways.

  • Self-regulation means you can regulate your emotions on your own.
  • Mutual regulation (sometimes called co-regulation) means you need someone to help you regulate your emotions.

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