"Helping children and young people to understand the different emotions they experience, why they occur and how to handle them." (Gottman 1996)
What is Emotion Coaching?
Emotion Coaching is based on the principle that nurturing and emotionally supportive relationships provide optimal contexts for the promotion of children's outcomes and resilience.
Emotion Coached children and young people:
Achieve more academically in school
Are more popular
Have fewer behavioural problems
Have fewer infectious illnesses
Are more emotionally stable
Are more resilient
How does Emotion Coaching work?
Emotion Coaching uses moments of heightened emotion and resulting behaviour to guide and teach the child and young person about more effective responses. Through empathetic engagement, the child's emotional state is verbally acknowledged and validated, promoting a sense of security and feeling 'felt'. This activates changes in the child's neurological system and allows the child to calm down, physiologically and psychologically.