UNDERSTANDING THE EMOTIONAL THERMOMETER

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UNDERSTANDING THE
EMOTIONAL THERMOMETER
Marybeth McDonald LISW/S
Why Some Students Have Difficulty
Regulating Emotion
How difficulty regulating
emotions impacts
educational progress
How Teachers And Administrators
Can Support Emotion Regulation
How to empower parents
in developing effective
strategies
Difficulties Include
• Easily becomes upset
• High level of intensity
when upset
• Difficulty returning to
calm
Factors That Can Influence
• Temperamental
Predisposition
•
Adoption
• Change in living
environment
• Developmental Stage
Adolescent Development
• Self conscious at
baseline; feels “under a
microscope”
• With social media and
standardized testing,
this becomes a reality
Academic Consequences
• Interferes with learning
• Can disrupt classroom
environment for other
students
Classroom Management
Old Model
• Negative Consequences
New Model
• Active Support
• Learning Strategies
• Self Soothing
• Distraction
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
CLASS ROOM MANAGEMENT
• OLD MODEL
• NEW MODEL
• NEGATIVE
CONSEQUENCES
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ACTIVE SUPPORT
LEARNING STRATEGIES
SELF SOOTHING
DISTRACTION
Emotion Regulation
• Opposite action
• Sieve or sponge
• Develop mastery
• Short vs long term goals
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
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
• Mindfulness
• Emotion Regulation
• Distress Tolerance
• Interpersonal
Effectiveness
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. 2011
• Raising a Moody Child M. Fristad Guilford Press
2004

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