LISA DION ON EMOTIONAL REGULATION OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH
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“Take a deep breath. Believe in yourself.
Think positively because it will reflect your actions.”
These are the words of Lisa Dion last March 25 when she gave a talk about Emotional Regulation of Children and Youth.
Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor, founder and Executive Director of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado, creator of Synergetic Play Therapy and was awarded the Association for Play Therapy’s 2015 Professional Training and Education Award of Excellence.
A total of 139 attendees joined the seminar which includes ATS students, Grain Foundation staffs, and members of God is Able International.
Emotional regulation refers to the way we deal with big feelings like anger, excitement, frustration, anxiety or low mood. Regulation skills can be taught at home and at school. Some people need extra help from a professional like a counselor.
At different stages of development, children and youth have different ways of showing or acting on their feelings. It's important to remember that feelings of excitement, anger or frustration, are all normal feelings.
Learning about Emotional Regulation helps to teach the parents, teachers, counselors and therapist the ways and strategies to regulate the emotions, tantrums, and depression of children and youth. This would also help the students with special needs of Joy Disability School program of Grain Foundation for PWD Inc. The said event was sponsored by God is Able International.
“There’s a very big myth out there that regulated means calm. When we think of regulated, we think of a calm, serene state. But regulated actually means connected to self and mindfulness. A moment of mindfulness means a moment of regulation. In a moment when you are deeply connected to yourself, you are actually bigger than the experience you are having in the moment. That is a moment of regulation. I point this out because the goal with kids is not to get them to be calm. If we want a child to be calm as our goal, it’s because we are uncomfortable with the fact that they are not. We can’t actually handle the feelings, emotions and sensations that we’re having to experience in relationship with them when they are not calm. So we would love them to be calm so we don’t have to deal with all the stuff going on inside of us. Calm is not the point. Connected to self during any and every experience is the point. Can the child learn how to be with themselves when they are anxious, scared, happy, angry, sad… that’s the point. That’s social emotional learning. That is emotional intelligence.” - Lisa Dion
Special thanks to God is Able International for giving the GFPI staff the opportunity to join to this seminar and to Ms. Kirstine Rumbaoa for writing this newsletter
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