...inspire their best! e-news #56: The Big Connect!

The Big Connect! Supporting Children’s Emotional Health

—Mary Stuart, Director

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. —Henry Ford

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association:

  • 1 in 5 children have difficulty with self regulation;
  • 2/3 will get help they need, 1/3 will not.

These children are probably the most challenging children in the classroom and their mental health issues make it difficult to for them to self regulate and to focus on learning.

Understanding what drives children’s emotional outbursts is the first step in supporting children’s mental health and building emotional healthy classrooms.

The Big Connect! Behaviour Is Communication

  1. READ versus REACT to children’s outbursts. What do you think this child might be feeling, saying or thinking at this moment?
  2. ACKNOWLEDGE what you “read” instead: “It’s hard to wait for a turn. You want that ball now.” “I can see this is very frustrating for you.”
  3. LOWER your voice
  4. MODEL a “calming” strategy: Deep breath, take a break, wash hands

Classrooms are emotional climates and when we learn to value emotions and support children’s emotional skill development, we will see dynamic changes in our classrooms and support children’s good mental health for the long-term!

What you are planning to do tomorrow, do today; what you are going to do today, do right now. — Indian proverb for more information about the On-site Childlife Training Workshops.

New for 2018

  • A Mindful Mindset Transforms Behaviour
  • Decoding Behaviour: How Teachers Can Learn To Read And Respond More Effectively To Challenging Behaviour
  • Stress Behaviour: Supporting Children’s Emotional Health
  • Putting HDLH? Theory Into Practice: 6-Part Series: Foundations For Learning

Spring dates still available:

Here’s To Good Mental Health For All!


Mary Stuart, Director | | 905.420.0799
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