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How to help a child recognize their emotions?

25 March 2021

Emotional intelligence is a skill that, for some, is as difficult as learning a foreign language. They often have trouble understanding what they are feeling, understanding what other people are feeling, and struggling to interpret visual cues related to others are feeling.

On the other hand, a behaviour can be chosen. By making your child understand the difference between emotion and behaviour, you will show him how to react better to events.

But more importantly, you will need to be able to identify the source of any emotion.

Identify the source of the emotion

To understand emotion and respond to it adequately, it is necessary to distinguish between a primary emotion and a secondary emotion. The primary emotion is the emotion felt in the first place, while the secondary emotion is the one that arises from the latter.

IMPORTANT: Never make the child feel guilty about the feelings he may have felt. The feelings that follow a seizure can be divided between fear, shame, and fear of doing something wrong. Explain to the child that it is normal to have strong emotions and that it is in communicators that we find solutions.

Many people at various levels on the autistic continuum express their emotions in ways that may seem exaggerated. We may see in some of them fits of laughter, panic reactions or significant outbursts of anger at any age. For others, we may also observe sudden mood changes.

This is because many of them have difficulty in qualifying and regulating their emotions. They will be absorbed by what they are going through as they experience it and ignore multiple contextual information, which will often cause them to be overwhelmed by their emotions.

The more the child expresses his emotions, the more it will reduce the negative emotions that can cause the child to lose control over his last.

Your child must learn to recognize the feelings of others. By reading certain facial expressions and partly the body language of others, he may better recognize how others are feeling. By teaching him to decode the non-verbal, it will be easier for him to find the best way to interact with these people, which will allow him to build meaningful and beneficial relationships.