When it comes to helping your child better understand and use emotions (happy, sad, mad, angry, disappointed, surprised, frustrated, etc.), it’s important that you, as the adult in the child’s life, use the words to describe your own emotions. Children need to hear you use the words to better understand the variety of emotions. You might say, “I’m happy. I like reading books to you” or “I’m sad. I was supposed to have lunch with my friends, but the roads are slippery.” At first, it may feel odd to use words to describe your feelings, but, soon, you’ll hear your child using more feeling words. It’s important for children to have a strong understanding of emotions
(labeling and reading different emotions). It’s a significant piece of communication – in all social situations; we are reading the person’s body language to know how to respond. It starts by developing these skills as young children, so label those emotions.
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist