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Category Archives: Teenager

Emotional toolbox

An Emotional toolbox consists of: [restricted] Relaxation tools Any meditation for kids will be great. You can get books like 'Sitting still like a frog' that has a Cd as well.(will add a link soon) Check you library or amazon for more book ideas. Any muscle relaxation like, pretending you are a ragdoll and the next moment you are...
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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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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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Teenage Brain & Behavior Changes

It is important that pre-teens, their parents and teachers understand three factors that are responsible for many brain function and behavior difficulties during adolescence: Hormonal changes affect brain functions. Our human brain makes mistakes. It can be easily confused. These three issues can make everyday upsets bigger problems for adolescents since at this time of life...
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Adolescent Angst: 5 Facts About the Teen Brain

"Adolescents are dramatic, irrational and scream for seemingly no reason. And they have a deep need for both greater independence and tender loving care. There is a reason this description could be used for either teens or toddlers: After infancy, the brain's most dramatic growth spurt occurs in adolescence. "The brain continues to change throughout life, but...
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