“Elementary, my dear Watson.”- Detecting and responding to emotions.
People have an innate ability to recognise emotions and respond to facial expressions and body language it is an essential component of our evolutionary survival mechanism. So why in working practice do we sometimes feel confused or misinterpret how children feel?
Emotions can be fluid and hard to describe. They often start as a physical sensation long before they emerge as something that can be put into words. Children understand and process these physical sensations differently to adults and are often more tuned into the pre verbal emotions than we think. They are excellent observers and quick readers of body language a skill we sometimes lack as our observations are often layered with other thoughts.
In this workshop the focus is on understanding emotions from the child’s viewpoint incorporating a neurobiological and social viewpoint which looks beyond the shared categories of named emotions. In order to better understand the children we work with refining our observational skills can help us view “behaviours” as signals to what may be going on for a child who is struggling. In doing this we can reframe the skills we already have in order to guide a response rather than reaction to help diffuse rather than escalate difficult situations.
Lunch will be provided on the day.
Dates and times:
Saturday 26th October
9.30am – 15.30pm
With Kids, 15 Annfield Place, Glasgow, G31 2XE