Starfish and Tornadoes: A self-regulation conversation

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Starfish and Tornadoes: A self-regulation conversation

Self-regulation is the cognitive skill on which most other skills rest. When one is regulated, they can attend, encode and learn.

Helping children begin to recognize their energy states increases their mindful awareness so that they may employ calming skills or ask for co-regulation help from a trusted person.

One of the self-regulation conversations we have with students is about managing their internal energy.

We tell children we have an internal thermometer that keeps track of our energy from calm and peaceful like a Starfish to over-energized like Tornadoes. 

Here is a little video from #TheKineticClassroom platform, you may find useful in your home, classroom or clinic.


We develop research-based tools, activities, and strategies to improve children’s thinking, self-regulation, learning, and behavior by increasing their executive and social-emotional skill sets. 70 Play Activities (Kenney & Comizio, 2016) provides activities, worksheets, and strategies to teachers, school counselors, and school psychologists to help children learn new #EF and #SEL skills. Our goal is to change the trajectory of children’s learning with joy, empowerment, and respect. 

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By | 2017-12-07T07:17:48+00:00 November 27th, 2017|70 Play Activities, Activities, Problems/Solutions, Schoolagers, Therapy|Comments Off on Starfish and Tornadoes: A self-regulation conversation