Making Sense of Challenging Behaviors – Free Worksheet!

Have you ever looked like this lady when you’ve tried to understand why in the world your child was doing a certain something? I’ve totally been there.  Sometimes kids do things that can be downright mystifying.  In today’s video, I’m walking you through my exclusive framework for thinking about challenging behavior.  Using this framework, you […]

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Using The Flip it! Method to Promote Healthy Social-Emotional Development

Healthy social-emotional development is essential to a child’s ability to form close and secure relationships with adults and peers, to explore the environment and learn, and to develop healthy emotional regulation skills.  Sometimes, when a child is having a challenging moment, it can be hard to know just how to respond to promote healthy social-emotional […]

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Introducing Mindfulness Practice to Children

Research indicates that mindfulness practice helps children increase their emotional regulation, ability to demonstrate empathy, and ability to focus on an activity.  When children practice mindfulness, the part of the brain the controls executive functioning, the prefrontal cortex, is activated.  You can think of the prefrontal cortex like the air traffic control center of the […]

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Teaching Belly Breathing for Emotional Regulation

As humans, when we are in a highly emotional state such as anger or sadness, the emotional part of our brain, made up of the brain stem and limbic system, takes over. When this happens, our rational brain, or prefrontal cortex, disengages temporarily. This is what makes it so difficult to rationalize with someone who […]

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