What: Emotion Coaching is an evidence-based way of responding to children’s emotions which has significant benefits to children’s overall development. (Emotional, behavioural, social, academic, physiological and health).
Children become emotionally intelligent adults; emotional intelligence is now believed to be a better predictor of outcomes than intelligence. There is a growing international base for Emotion Coaching Programs e.g. in schools, counselling services, social service intervention organisations.
Emotion Coaching: Children’s emotional and behavioural development can be viewed upon as if on a spectrum - behaviour being on one continuum and emotional stuff on the other end in terms of prevention.
Kidsfirst Kindergarten Belfast are using Emotion Coaching in the daily teaching program, which aims to prevent problems (behavioural, emotional, social) developing in children, promote emotional competence, and when present, reduce and treat problems with children’s emotional/behavioural difficulties.
Results: This has proved to be overwhelmingly successful with a child in particular with significant behaviour difficulties. We use is as part of our daily interactions with children and can overtly see the children’s emotional intelligence growing.
It is based on the Tuning into Kids (TIK) parent program which teacher - Alissa Jardine at Belfast is a trained parent facilitator in within her work in early intervention. She also runs professional development for teachers on the topic.