The Emotional Classroom: 
The Importance of Teaching Kids to Manage Their Emotions

Schools are faced with a growing population of students who have difficulty managing their behaviors. Many of these students are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or other specific disability such as ADHD or Nonverbal Learning Disorder. Historically, these students have been a challenge to educators as their behaviors often overshadow their otherwise strong cognitive skills. Behavioral interventions have frequently proven ineffective as they don't show progress across settings or appear to last. However, new compelling research showing deficits in the areas of the brain that control and regulate emotions is poised to shake up the education world and lead the way for new and more targeted interventions.

A comprehensive review of the existing new research will be discussed. The research will underscore the need for new methods and will support a change in the way we support kids with Autism and other related disabilities. Using research and our own extensive work with students, we have developed a program to teach emotional regulation to students in the classroom to help them both learn and manage emotions. These students have historically spent hours each week in offices and alternative settings due to their behaviors. Tantrums, outbursts, aggression, and shutdowns are frequently seen with this population and are some of the markers of emotional dysregulation. These cognitively able students are now able to spend time in classrooms learning, instead of waiting for their turn to "process it out" in an office later, missing critical time on learning. Supporting students' with complex and significant behavioral needs is a critical educational right. This support is needed not just for education but for life.

Session Times

  • Thursday, December 14 - 4:25 - 5:15 pm
  • L406 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Session Presenters

  • Lori Jackson
  • Steve Peck