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Understanding Regulation in Children

The purpose of this series is to help caregivers understand self regulation—specifically emotional regulation, explore the role of the brain and what happens when a child becomes dysregulated, examine how caregiver regulation impacts children's skills, as well as how we can help children improve their regulation abilities.

Completing all 5 parts will grant the participant a certificate of completion. Please note that ConnectCare does not provide continued education credits for mental health professionals.

The Video Content (ConnectCare) is provided solely for educational and informational purposes.

The Video Content is not meant to replace professional mental health services, medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your mental health professional, physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding mental health concerns. Never disregard expert counsel or delay getting professional services because of what you have read, heard, or seen in the Video Content.

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Part 1 - What is Self-Regulation?

Length: 5 minutes

In this module, we will learn about the concept of self-regulation, which involves managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to achieve tasks and goals efficiently. We will explore its complexity, encompassing emotional regulation and processing sensory information, and understand its development from co-regulation in childhood to independent regulation, emphasizing its importance in academic success, relationships, and overall well-being.

Part 2 – What is Dysregulation?

Length: 10 minutes

In this lesson, we will cover the physiological and psychological aspects of self-regulation in children, exploring the developmental stages of their brains. We will delve into the concepts of the "upstairs" and "downstairs" brain, examining how these areas influence children's emotional responses and behavior.

Part 3 – Role of the Caregiver

Length: 14 minutes

In this module, we will explore the crucial role caregivers play in emotional regulation and present strategies for self-calming. We'll delve into how our own emotional capacity directly influences our ability to assist children in managing their emotions and discuss practical techniques such as deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation to maintain calm in challenging situations.

Part 4 – How to Help Children Regulate

Length: 10 minutes

In this lesson, we will cover the importance of caregivers' emotional regulation in helping children manage their own emotions, including strategies for self-calming like deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. We will explore how our responses as parents and caregivers can be affected by our emotional state and how techniques derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can aid in managing our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Additionally, we will examine how our automatic thoughts in challenging situations can influence our overall well-being and interactions with children.

Part 5 – Co-Regulation

Length: 10 minutes

In this lesson, we will cover the strategies to enhance a child's emotional regulation, focusing on recognizing early signs of distress and developing proactive plans for challenging situations. We will delve into a five-step problem-solving model designed to equip children with the skills to handle emotions thoughtfully, emphasizing the need for creative thinking and critical evaluation of possible solutions. Lastly, we'll review essential do's and don'ts in nurturing emotional regulation, reinforcing the importance of caregivers' self-regulation and setting realistic expectations for the developmental process.


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