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At Arts Education, we understand that behaviour can be a way of communicating underlying difficulties or emotional distress. Our students often have difficulty processing the world around them. Their experiences and difficulties can have a significant impact on how they interact with others and engage with education.

Our work is focused on understanding the reasons behind behaviour and educating our students and parents on how to achieve positive behaviour for learning. We focus on helping students develop good emotional self-regulation because when individuals are emotionally regulated, they are more able to learn and engage.

A new school and the long summer period can cause students anxiety on their return back into a school setting in September. But thankfully, there are lots of strategies you can teach your child to help them cope. These are are designed to help when your child is feeling intense emotions.

Grounding techniques

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A grounding technique is a coping strategy for managing intense feelings and emotions. These techniques help to ‘ground’ us, which means they help us to notice the present moment we are in.

When we focus on our present moment this can reduce the intensity of the emotions and feelings we might be having. We focus less intensely on the future or on the past.

Each person is unique and will find different techniques that they like.

Discuss the suggestions with your child and practise the ones that they like. It is best to practise these techniques when your child is calm and practise them regularly. If the techniques have been regularly practised, then your child is more likely to remember them and use them when they feel intense emotions.