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10 Brain-Based Strategies to Help Children Handle Their Emotions



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10 Brain-Based Strategies to Help Children Handle Their Emotions
Bridging the Gap Between What Experts Know & What Happens at Home & School

Bridging the Gap between What Experts Know and What Happens at Home & School

In this recording, best-selling author Tina Payne Bryson (co-author with Dan Siegel of The Whole-Brain Child) discusses how to increase the effectiveness of your treatment by working with parents to reduce the backwards steps taken when a child leaves the therapy office or classroom.

Using stories, case examples, and plenty of humor, Dr. Bryson explains ten simple, scientifically grounded strategies that will help children handle their emotions and make better decisions-even in high-stress moments. You will learn how to accurately assess a child’s temperament and the key questions to provide a great understanding of family dynamics and parenting styles. Walk away from this recording with the tools to improve outcomes by working more effectively with the entire family as part of the process.

Format: DVD Video – 1-2 hours

Details: Multi-disc DVD recording (1 hour, 30 minutes) with electronic manual and instructions.


  1. Explain why emotional responsiveness is an essential intervention strategy for developing the brain and creating long-term mental health and resilience.
  2. Distinguish the connection between reactivity and the threat-detection system in the brain.
  3. Identify when parents need to make shifts at home, versus when a child actually needs therapy.
  4. Demonstrate how to reinterpret seemingly maladaptive behavior as purposeful, adaptive behavior with a meaning, then learn how to shift it.
  5. Describe how to communicate these basic concepts to parents.
Emotional Responsiveness
  • How much does context matter?
  • Communicate comfort rather than threat
  • Decrease emotional reactivity through a sensory motor lens
Creative questions that reveal more about a child’s:
  • Temperament
  • Family life
  • Parenting they are receiving
Emphasize the parental basics:
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Self-care
Teach parents how to more effectively deal with their child’s behavior
  • Understand when to “lean into” a behavior instead of trying to extinguish it
  • Wait for the teachable moment, and know when to avoid talking about feelings and problems
  • Uncover and challenge parents’ theories about their children’s reactivity and behavior
  • Allow development to happen, even if it’s not on our preferred schedule


Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., is the co-author (with Dan Siegel, M.D.) of two New York Times bestsellers: The Whole-Brain Child (Bantam, 2012) and No-Drama Discipline (Bantam, 2016), as well as The Yes Brain (Bantam, 2019). Dr. Bryson is also the co-author (with Dan Siegel, M.D.) of The Whole-Brain Child Workbook (PESI, 2015) and No-Drama Discipline Workbook (PESI, 2016). She is the executive director of the Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA and a pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist. She keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world. Dr. Bryson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, childrearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Tina Payne Bryson has an employment relationship with Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology Associates. She is a director with the Mindsight Institute. She is an author for Random House Delacorte publishers and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Tina Payne Bryson is the co-host of the online parenting show “The Intentional Parent”. She maintains a blog on kids and parenting (TinaBryson.com).

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