Helping Children Express Their Mad Feelings

 

Helping Children Express Their Mad Feelings

Mrs. Wilson's class 003Most bullying prevention programs focus on high school or middle school. But by then, the processes and behaviors that cause bullying are already deeply embedded and hard to correct.

“Helping Children Express Mad Feelings” is different. This training will help early childhood professionals identify typical and atypical mad behaviors by observation. Once identified, they will help children modulate their mad feelings (small, medium, big) and give children the words to express their mad feelings – thus avoiding discipline and punishment that result from “acting out”, and developing SUTQ standardsself-advocacy skills and self-esteem.

This training will also help early learning professionals identify atypical “mad” behaviors (with respect to cultural differences) and assist parents in finding resources to help their child succeed.

  • Aligns with Ohio SUTQ content standards in the Social Emotional domain
    • Helping children to stand up for themselves, encourage empathy and succeed in school and life.
  • 20 hours in 6 sessions
  • Instructor: Victoria Todd

To schedule this series for your organization, or to find out when our next class will be held, contact our Community Collaborations and Professional Development office.


Session One: Use Your Words

3 hours

This training will help early learning professionals identify typical and atypical ways children express mad feelings, and give children the words to express their mad feelings. This training will also help early learning professionals identify atypical ways of expression (with respect to cultural differences) and assist families in finding resources to help their child succeed.
This training is also appropriate and available to parents and others who are not professional educators.

Session Two: Mad vs Mean

3 hours

This training teaches early learning professionals how to help children identify their level of anger/mad feelings (small, medium, large) and give children the words to respond appropriately. Working in groups, participants will design a classroom that promotes safe and respectful interaction. They will also develop three lesson plans, using the social emotional content standards to promote safety and respect in the classroom.
This training is also appropriate and available to parents and others who are not professional educators.

Session Three: Losing Your Loving Feelings

4 hours

This training helps early learning professionals to empathize with children by identifying and discussing an example of how they were so angry that they lost their loving feelings toward someone – and how they were able to regain those loving feelings. Discussion includes a 4-step process to help children overcome such potentially damaging reactions to everyday anger.
This training is also appropriate and available to parents and others who are not professional educators.

Session Four: Mean Fun

3.5 hours

This training helps early learning professionals identify examples of mean fun and why it is so harmful to the social-emotional development of the child. We will discuss how this behavior starts in the toddler years (with the toddler hurting mom) and how important it is to step in and stop the behavior in a manner that is kind and understanding. Participants will identify the role of early childhood professionals in preventing bullying, and discuss the roles of bullies and bystanders.
This training is also appropriate and available to parents and others who are not professional educators.

Session Five: My Inside Helper

3 hours

This training empowers early learning professionals to help children with controlling frustration, setting limits and building self-control by identifying and using their “inside helper”. Participants will discuss examples of children experiencing frustration and explain how to help a child 1) identify how he/she is feeling; 2) through the frustration;  and 3) be able to control temper tantrums. A copy of children’s book Your Inside Helper is included to all participants.
This training is also appropriate and available to parents and others who are not professional educators.

Session Six: Including Families

3.5 hours

This training guides early learning professionals in including families to help children develop the skills necessary to express feelings appropriately. The trainer will provide guidance and information that will allow children to develop social emotional skills in order to succeed in society.
This training is also appropriate and available to parents and others who are not professional educators.


 

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