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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Blog

Working through emotions

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
By:  DBP team

The change in routine that has been brought on by the coronavirus outbreak has impacted both adults and children alike. Children need support and nurturing to find a healthy way to process their emotions. 

The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) has created an emotions workbook to help children work through their emotions.

The first part of the workbook provides steps for parents to support their children.

  1. Listen to your child
  2. Allow emotional expression
  3. Encourage coping skills
  4. Practice self-care
  5. Understand grief comes in waves
  6. Establish/maintain routines
  7. Ask for help
  8. Make new memories 

They’ve created ways to help children and teens feel better when they are feeling upset. Some of those ideas are moving around, getting creative through art, music, writing, or even dancing. They also encourage positive self-talk and establishing a support network. 

There are creative activities and conversation topics that allow children to express their different moods and helps them to visualize what they’re going through. The calming exercise they’ve included gives children the opportunity to experience calmness and the physicality of it.

For the full booklet, please visit NAGC’s website: 

We would also like to thank The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center for sharing their autism resources with us to share with families!