How to Encourage Emotional Development

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How to Encourage Emotional Development

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 If we consider the emotional development of a child, by teaching them words for anger, fear, sadness, joy, and disgust, we enable them to identify their own emotions. Once they can name their feelings, by the age of 5 or 6 they can begin to overcome them. The role of the adult in this process is fundamental because the emotional part of a child’s brain is still immature and yet to develop. Children at a young age cannot control their emotions without support.

Puppets, dolls and card games are all excellent ways to talk about the topics of emotions and expression. They encourage communication and dialogue based play, which helps mature the brain and develop relationship building skills.

Emotional Development Dolls

These ÉMOTeam Educational Dolls are easy to handle for very young children

Emotional Development Using Dolls

Psychomotricity practitioner, Mélanie Schneerson, recommends dolls as aids for emotional development, saying, “Dolls encourage the discovery and expression of different emotions. And, with dolls like these EmoTeam Dolls available in a range of styles and colours, children are able to identify themselves within the dolls.”

Mélanie also praised the flexibility of dolls, saying, “They’re ideal to use from an early age and can also be used to act out scenarios, helping children on the autistic spectrum who have a lot of trouble understanding facial expressions and emotions.”

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1 Comment

  1. Ms O

    July 26, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Thanks for your article, which is very important in EY. My only concern with these lovely dolls is that they do not have interchangeable expressions, so an autistic child might think each doll stays feeling like that all the time and that people also stay will the same feeling all the time. So, for example, if they would experience a classmate who would get angry with them once, the child might think s/he is always like that and fear them. Wouldn’t masks be better so that they can change them?

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