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Discovering Emotional Regulation through Connecting Together Occupational Therapy


At Connecting Together Occupational Therapy, we understand that managing big emotions, particularly anxiety and anger, can be a challenging journey for children aged 5 and above. That's why we're excited to introduce our specialized Emotional Regulation Packages, designed to empower children with valuable skills to navigate their emotions in a healthy and constructive way. These packages are offered both at our clinic in Pukekohe and at the child's school, providing a flexible and accessible approach to support.

Our Emotional Regulation Packages are carefully curated to provide children with a solid foundation for understanding and managing their emotions. The sessions are a wonderful opportunity for children to embark on a positive, strengths-based journey that can set the stage for future success in various aspects of their lives, including counseling or psychology if needed.

Session 1: Learning How Our Emotional Systems Work In this session, we dive deep into understanding the mechanics of our emotional systems. We believe that knowledge is power, and by helping children comprehend the way their emotions work, we empower them to take control. We explore the science behind emotions, recognizing that they are a natural part of being human. We create a safe space for children to express their feelings, free from judgment, as we lay the foundation for effective emotional regulation.

Session 2: Discovering Strategies for Managing Emotions Our second session focuses on equipping children with a toolkit of strategies to manage their emotions. We understand that one size does not fit all, so we work collaboratively with children and families to identify the techniques that resonate most with them. From breathing exercises to mindfulness techniques, we explore a variety of strategies that children can use to regain control when facing strong emotions.

Session 3: Supporting Application of Strategies Implementing new strategies can be challenging, but we're here to guide children every step of the way. In this session, we provide ongoing support to help children incorporate their chosen strategies into their daily lives. We celebrate small victories and troubleshoot any obstacles they encounter, ensuring that the strategies become a natural part of their emotional toolbox.

Session 4: Applying Skills to Real-life Situations In the final session, we take the skills and strategies learned and apply them to real-life situations. We empower children to face common triggers for their anxiety or anger, helping them navigate these challenges with newfound confidence. This session is all about practical application, ensuring that the skills acquired become second nature in their day-to-day experiences.

Emotional Regulation Packages at Connecting Together Occupational Therapy offer a transformative journey for children, and empowers them to manage their big emotions. By providing a solid foundation of knowledge, practical strategies, ongoing support, and real-life application, we equip children with essential skills that can positively impact their lives.

If, along the way, we identify a need for more specialized input or therapy, we work closely with families to recommend the appropriate course of action.

Visit our website at www.connecting-together.co.nz to learn more about our Emotional Regulation Packages. Together, we can empower your child to build emotional resilience, setting the stage for a bright and confident future.


Melissa Walker-Tate

Occupational Therapy

Connecting Together.

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