Healthy Schools: emotion regulation

Emotion regulation is a life skill that takes time and patience for children to develop. These resources are provided by the Mental Health NHS Trust and the Anchor Approach and are based on J. Gottman’s research about co-regulation and emotion coaching.

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Understanding emotion regulation

Emotion regulation is a life skill that takes time and patience for children to develop. It can be acquired in a healthy manner if led by empathetic, kind adults. The following resources will help pass this on.

  • Dan Siegal, clinical professor of psychiatry, describes the response to stress and need to regulate our emotions in terms of the ‘Window of Tolerance’, as demonstrated in the video below, and this 1-page model:  Engaging our Thinking Brain - Recognising Panic (PDF, 183KB)
  •  This 30-minute Anchor Approach training video for school staff helps to understand emotion regulation better and support behaviour change:
  • Understand the different zones of feeling and energy levels in this 7-page document
  • This series of videos created by Trailblazer focuses on a wide range of areas related to emotions and wellbeing.

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Anchor Approach tools

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Expressing feelings

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Feeling better tools

  • Use this 1-page resource to create a classroom poster with pupils, using these suggestions or asking them to come up with their own:

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Positive relationships

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August 18, 2021

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