Navigating Difficult Conversations

Navigating Difficult Conversations

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Emotional Regulation Resources

Influential Educators, Websites, Podcasts & Social Media Accounts

@monadelahooke

Dr. Mona Delahooke is a Child Psychologist, speaker, mother and author of Beyond Behaviors and Brain-Body Parenting.

@drbeckyatgoodinside

Dr. Becky Kennedy is a Psychologist who uses these platforms to educate parents with the goal of making parenting easier.

Good Inside Website

Dr. Becky Kennedy is a Psychologist who gives practical tips, tools, and strategies to make parenting easier with her simple approach of reminding ourselves that everyone is Good Inside.

@tinapaynebryson

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is a Psychologist and author of several best-selling books including the Whole Brain Child and No Drama Discipline.

@drdansiegel

Dr. Dan Siegel is a Neuropsychiatrist and best selling author of several books including The Whole Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline, and The Power of Showing Up.

@janetlansbury

Janet Lansbury is an accomplished author and presenter on parenting topics.

@raisinggoodhumanspodcast

Dr. Aliza Pressman is a developmental psychologist who educates on scientific evidence that relates to parenting.

@polyvagalinstitute

Polyvagal Institute was co-founded by Dr. Stephen Porges & Deb Dana, LCSW. Polyvagal Theory focuses on how our nervous system and our related sense of safety impact behavior and communication patterns.

Lisa Feldman Barrett

Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is among the top one percent most cited scientists in the world for her revolutionary research in psychology and neuroscience.

Additional Educational Videos

Emotional Regulation and Sensory Processing Educational Videos

A collection of informative videos from various sources related to sensory processing and emotional regulation.

Emotional Regulation and Sensory Processing Videos

Last Updated September 7, 2023

What is going on with my child's behavior?

If you are a parent or caregiver, you know the wide range of emotions that kids experience. Our goal with this page is to equip you with knowledge to help you understand your child’s behavior and emotions. 

At Playabilities, our therapists help shift the lens through which you see your child’s behavior. We are experts at educating parents on the connection between sensory processing and it’s effect on how we interpret the world. 

Just Breathe

This video is a beautiful example of how we can teach kids about their emotions to normalize all feelings that we experience throughout the day. 

Fight, Flight, or Freeze Response

When we are observing a child having a meltdown, our first thought should shift to what is going on in their brain that is causing the behavior that we are seeing. The Amygdala, or the emotion center of the brain, is in control. Our first response should be to provide that child a sense of safety and connection, which is the foundation needed to shift their emotional state out of meltdown mode. This video is a great explanation of what occurs in our central nervous system to create a behavioral response. The behavior can be seen as a “clue” into what their nervous system is experiencing. If we are trying to support a behavior, we must understand the root cause of the behavior to truly provide meaningful support. 

A Look Behind Sensory Over-responsivity

If you seek to understand what it’s like to have sensory over-responsivity, this is a great place to start. In this video, a child with sensory over-responsivity is engaged in what many would describe as an ordinary activity (walking through a mall). Through his lens, the video highlights the impact everyday sensations can have on a person who is visually and auditorily over-responsive, amongst other differences. We believe that our community can provide the best support to individuals with sensory processing differences and their caregivers by providing validation and extending empathy. 

A Child's View of Sensory Processing Disorder

We love learning about what we specialize in from the lens of children. In this video, this sweet kiddo explains how sensory processing differences affect one’s interpretation of the world. This is a great video for kids to watch, as normalizing individual differences is a great way to connect with your child if you are new to the world of understanding how your child’s brain works! Connecting with others who experience the world like we do can be such a powerful tool in our ability to regulate our emotions and feelings. Even if we differ in how we experience the world, the simple validation of these differences will be a great tool for connecting with your child and providing that sense of safety. 

Sensory Processing Disorder Explained

Sensory Processing Disorder is commonly seen in children with Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, and other neurodevelopmental diagnoses. However, every human experiences sensory input in their own unique way, related to their neurological profile. We often see kiddos who do not have any other underlying diagnosis experiencing sensory processing related challenges which are impacting their quality of life, or ability to engage in meaningful activities of daily life. Occupational therapists can help you understand your child’s sensory profile, and we believe knowledge is the most powerful tool that you can have. If you understand how your child interprets the world, you can begin to make sense of their behavior. With this knowledge, you can become your child’s greatest advocate for providing their sensory system the input, tools, or supports that they need to navigate their day. 

Understanding our Sensory System

Despite sensory processing being an essential component to how we interact with the world, most people are only taught the basics of sensory processing. The video below is a great overview of Sensory Processing and how Occupational Therapists can support you and your child find their optimal level of performance in daily tasks. 

Understanding Emotions with Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett

Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett is a leading scientist working in the field of psychology and neuroscience. In this TED talk episode, Dr. Barrett explains what emotions are, and discusses the concepts related to how much control we have over emotions. See more of Dr. Feldman’s work here. 

Trauma and the Nervous System: A Polyvagal Perspective

The Autonomic Nervous System is a critical function that impacts our emotional regulation. This excellent video simplifies the role that the autonomic nervous system plays in our daily lives. If we share knowledge on the incredible impact that the autonomic nervous system plays in our lives, we begin to see the solution to improving our overall health and well-being. In therapy, we focus on teaching children and their parents how to find ways to regulate their bodies, so they are spending more time during the day at an “optimal state of arousal”.