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Emotions are Contagious Too!
The Biology of Stress and Power of Self-Regulation
Presenter: Amy Moritz, Learning and Development Specialist
Have you ever tried to reason with a child (or adult, for that matter) who is in an agitated state? In all likelihood, not only were you unsuccessful but, despite your best efforts, their foul mood affected yours too! There’s a biological reason for that which is both fascinating and insightful. In this workshop, we will begin by exploring the concept that emotions are biologically “contagious,” and a dysregulated adult simply cannot help regulate a dysregulated child. In order for a child to be able to recognize unpleasant emotions and manage them effectively, the adult must be able to do the same and model the behavior that they wish to see in that child – a concept called “co-regulation.” In addition to examining co-regulation principles, we also introduce the fundamentals of brain science and the “window of tolerance.” The window of tolerance is the zone where a person can function at their best, handle emotions in socially appropriate ways, and make rational decisions. We will examine a variety of strategies that help us and our children get back into that optimal zone so that unpleasant feelings are not all-consuming and potentially harmful to ourselves and those around us.
Coffee and light dessert will be served; no childcare available
September 1, 2022
8:00 am-5:00 pm