Self Regulation Skills Bring Resiliency to Angry Preschool Boy

 

SUCCESS! RESULTS! Here's a testimonial from a preschool teacher who reinforces the Superkid Power skills I teach to a classroom of 3 and 4 year olds. 

"Two very active little boys were playing in the dramatic play area. Both saw a police officer uniform that they wanted to wear. We have been working on social dialogue throughout the month so one little boy responded with "Can I have it when you are done?" The other little boy responded with "Yes."

Thinking that he was able to play with it right then, the first little boy grabbed it from the other boy's hand. When he was told he had to wait until the other boy was done playing with it, he began to get angry. Utilizing Grandma Boom's Calm and Tense Poster, the teacher walked the angry boy over to the poster. She asked him to point out how he was feeling...Tense (like a balled up knot) or Calm (like a soft sock) (both knot and sock were on the poster). He pointed to the knot, saying he was angry.

The teacher asked him if he could take deep breaths, like he was blowing a big bubble, a technique Grandma Boom had taught us weeks before. Once he finished breathing, I asked if he could press his "Calm Button," another strategy that Grandma Boom had taught us. He happily pointed to the sock afterwards, saying he felt "soft inside."

He then went on to find something else to do until his friend was finished playing with the costume. After utilizing the social emotional skills that Grandma Boom had taught us, he was able to recognize the physical attributed of each emotion connected to his body and self calm...something that is incredibly useful and necessary in the preschool room."

These skill applications reinforced by the teacher gives encouragement to children to use Superkid Power SKills because they feel good inside and about themselves. Success is amazing medicine. These skills also help teachers and parents feel successful with results as well as learning more about themselves and seeing their jobs become easier as children learn self regulation. Win/Win. For more resources, visit www.superkidpower.org

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Robert Olcott posted:

I just shared this with a 'Peer' [at our local [trauma-informed] Intentional Peer Support Center- who's having similar challenges with her children--It seems to have 'made her day' ! ! !

Well, Robert ~ You have certainly brought a huge smile to my face and heart while bringing a wonderful light to my evening. I LOVE hearing this. Thank you for sharing. My work is spreading through grass roots. Having done this work for 42 years and being what people told me for decades was 'ahead of the curve' I am thrilled to finally see interest growing for what is amazing nourishment for children - ACES or not. Every child can gain from these skills. Wish I'd had them when I was little but at least I can be on this end of the cycle and help children now. 

Matt Leek posted:

Janai....I know that you do this everyday with preschool kids. In this case, I am glad to see that your tips and notes to the teacher allowed her to reference one of your tense/calm posters to help the child regain control of themselves. keep up the good work.

 

Thanks so much, Matt. It is very exciting to see the positive results using these Superkid Power Skills.  I love that children can feel empowered and successful with their own internal resources.

Janai....I know that you do this everyday with preschool kids. In this case, I am glad to see that your tips and notes to the teacher allowed her to reference one of your tense/calm posters to help the child regain control of themselves. keep up the good work.

 

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