Monthly Archives: January 2017

Coping – How Our Brain Helps Us Cope with Emotional Upsets

"Coping by Depending on Our Two Instinctive Coping Brains In the Brain Works Project we learn that instinctive coping brain functions are very useful because they work automatically from the time we are born. Reptilian and emotional coping brains can act without the help of our thinking brain! We need them to help us stay safe...
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Changing sleep patterns during puberty

 In my work with teenagers, sleep is one of the most common complaints. It is usually sleep patterns that are "messed up". They struggle to fall asleep at night and then they struggle to get up in the morning. This off course has a impact on their attendance at school. Dahl says in Beyond Raging Hormones:...
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Ideas on emotional coaching

Many children start to show a rise in pubertal hormones (and the beginnings of bodily changes) between 9 and 11 years of age. “One important aspect of adolescent emotional development, all too familiar to parents, teachers, and others who have to deal regularly with teenagers, is a natural proclivity toward high-intensity feelings. This is not simply...
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Ten Great Ways to Help Children Relax

Top Ten Relaxation Techniques for Children There are many techniques children can use to reduce thir stress and relax. Depending on the child, some may work better than others. Try teaching your child one or two of the following techniques to begin, and then gradually add in more as he or she feels ready to...
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The importance of emotional regulation

“From birth, children rapidly develop their abilities to experience and express different emotions, as well as their capacity to cope with and manage a variety of feelings. The development of these capabilities occurs at the same time as a wide range of highly visible skills in mobility (motor control), thinking (cognition), and communication (language). Yet, emotional...
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Learning emotional Coping Skills & Tools

Principles for Developing our Coping Ability

"The pre-teen years are the best time to learn these skills and begin to use simple, brain-based coping tools. During this time our brain is rapidly developing and our thinking ability becomes more like an adult. These skills and tools give us the power to control our stress and get...
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Emotional development through the ages

The first step in regulating is recognizing and naming the emotions. ‘When I feel like this in this part of my body I can name it this.’ The next step would be when I have a name for the feeling and I recognise it in my body then I have to learn what to do...
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