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Promoting academic, social, and emotional learning for lifelong success

Is Emotional Intelligence the Key to Behavior Modification?

Understanding Emotional Intelligence is still a very popular topic of conversation.  Since the 2006 release of Daniel Goleman's groundbreaking work, Emotional Intelligence, parents, child care providers, and teachers alike have been fascinated by what it reveals about behavior, rational and emotional thinking, health and well-being, relationships, leadership, and lifelong success. 

Knowing that we all have a stake in the compelling inter-workings of psychology and neuroscience research, a few key pointers have been identified to place in teachers' and parents' arsenals to build emotional intelligence in young people.  And quite notably, building emotional intelligence in children has proven to help regulate emotions and modify negative behavior.

Some key steps include:
  • Model excellent emotional intelligence for children to emulate
  • Acknowledge children's perspectives; allow for self-expression and validate their feelings
  • Coach children to understand their stress and/or anger triggers
  • Equip children with appropriate responses to their emotional triggers
  • Encourage children to engage in activities to burst their stress and/or anger bubbles; teach problem solving

The time is always right to nurture and support emotional intelligence.  Doing so helps children to manage their behavior, develop empathy, understand their emotions, develop healthy expression, and it equips them with constructive solutions for effective problem solving.


For more information about emotional intelligence, please check out Daniel Goleman's body of work!

For additional information about social and emotional learning, please contact Dr. Durriyyah Kemp at or 708-449-4320.

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