Gotta gotta get up to get down: how children learn to control their emotions

Emotion regulation is a challenge for most children at some point. But for children who have had particularly hard, stressful, or under-supported early life environments, it can represent a major challenge.

In this talk, Dr Sam Wass presents the latest research into how children’s brains process emotions differently to adults – including both typically developing children and those with clinical conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Disorder. He also presents research on how stressful early life environments can affect childrens’ brain development – and how that, in turn, can affect how they behave.

In the final part of the talk, he presents a number of evidence-based solutions for helping all children to learn to regulate their emotions more effectively.