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    Emotional Regulation and Behavior Focused Therapy

    Does your child find it hard to control their emotions? Do their emotions often dictate your elevated response? Do you wish you had the techniques to harness your emotions and teach your child to do the same?

    If you answered yes to any of the above, I encourage you to explore everything a pediatric occupational therapist can do to help.

    Children’s emotions can be largely dictated by their environmental surroundings. The inability to regulate these emotions can cloud their decision-making skills and limit their ability to appropriately socially interact with peers and adults.

    Emotional regulation helps individuals to:

    • Become more aware of their emotions
    • Welcome, allow, and regulate emotions
    • Describe emotions clearly and in detail
    • Evaluate whether the emotions are helpful or hurtful
    • Identify the source of unhelpful emotions
    • Develop alternative, healthy ways of coping with situations that often elicit hurtful emotions

    By understanding the need for emotional regulation we acknowledge that emotion can be a source of healing and works with specific biological and environmental regulation to increase and foster adaptation.

    If you are seeking help identifying, utilizing, and processing your child’s emotions, I encourage you to contact me today. Together, we’ll work on increasing awareness of emotions, separating useful from hurtful emotions, and using healthy emotions to guide action.

    I look forward to speaking with you about how I can help.