Strong Emotions: Name it to Tame it!

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How can you help a child who is having an emotional melt down?  Learn brain-science basics and the two simple steps to calm a child who is experiencing intense emotions. In this video, Author and Psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Siegel demonstrates a step-by-step approach to help a child manage strong emotions.  At the same time Dr. Siegel explains how this process is working at a biological level by “squirting soothing neurotransmitters” in the brain!

Step 1: Connect

Step 2: Name it to tame it

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