Self-regulation allows children to manage their emotions, behaviour and body movements when they’re in a difficult situation.
Self-regulation is a skill that develops slowly. It is quite normal for a two or three-year-old to have a tantrum, but if older children regularly have tantrums, there may be a problem with self-regulation.
The development of self-regulation is linked with successful learning, including reading, mathematics and problem-solving. A number of studies suggest that improving the self-regulation skills of children in the early years, is likely to have a lasting positive impact on learning at school.
How to help a pre-school child to self-regulate:
- Get down to eye level
- Stay calm yourself
Give empathy, and tell them that you can see that they are upset
- Try to help them self soothe
- Be patient
- Much later, talk to the child about better choices