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1 UNDERSTANDING THE EMOTIONAL THERMOMETER Marybeth McDonald LISW/S

2 Why Some Students Have Difficulty Regulating Emotion How difficulty regulating emotions impacts educational progress

3 How Teachers And Administrators Can Support Emotion Regulation How to empower parents in developing effective strategies

4 Difficulties Include Easily becomes upset High level of intensity when upset Difficulty returning to calm

5 Factors That Can Influence Temperamental Predisposition Adoption Change in living environment Developmental Stage

6 Adolescent Development Self conscious at baseline; feels “under a microscope” With social media and standardized testing, this becomes a reality

7 Academic Consequences Interferes with learning Can disrupt classroom environment for other students

8 Classroom Management Old Model Negative Consequences New Model Active Support Learning Strategies Self Soothing Distraction

9 Understanding The Emotional Thermometer Factors at baseline What makes the thermometer move up/down Comfort measures when the temperature is high When is it an emergency

10 CLASS ROOM MANAGEMENT OLD MODEL NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES NEW MODEL ACTIVE SUPPORT LEARNING STRATEGIES SELF SOOTHING DISTRACTION

11 Emotion Regulation Opposite action Sieve or sponge Develop mastery Short vs long term goals

12 Parenting Strategies “The Gifts” The gift of learning from your mistakes The gift of learning to solve problems The gift of accountability The gift of developing empathy

13 Dialectical Behavior Therapy Mindfulness Emotion Regulation Distress Tolerance Interpersonal Effectiveness

14 Bibliography Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents Alec. L. Miller Guilford Press 2007 Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions P. Harvey, J. Penzo New Harbinger Publications 2009 The Expanded Dialectical Behavior Therapy Lane Peterson Premier Publishing 2012 Suicide, Self Injury and Violence in Schools P., D. Grannello Wiley Inc Raising a Moody Child M. Fristad Guilford Press 2004


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