Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


Human Development & Family Science


This project focused on increasing the emotion regulation skills of six to seven-year-olds. Emotion regulation is “a person’s ability to effectively manage and respond to an emotional experience” (Rolston & Lloyd-Richardson, n.d.). In other words, it is when a person understands their emotions, is capable of controlling them, and has appropriate responses to the events that caused them. Emotion regulation is difficult for children, it is specifically difficult for children who are learning to adjust to school. School is a new environment that can cause children to feel strong emotions that they have not felt before, therefore making it challenging to regulate their emotions. Young children have difficulty understanding what they are feeling and how to deal with feelings without help from adults, the purpose of my project was to help them do it on their own. Emotional self-regulation is important in the classroom for students to succeed. It can have effects on their academic performance, mental health, substance abuse later in life, and their relationships with their peers and teachers (Shivaji, 2016). There were a total of three workshops, approximately thirty minutes each. The first lesson focused on teaching children about six emotions and how they can identify them in others and themselves through body language. The second lesson focused on mindfulness exercises they can do on their own to regulate their emotions. The third lesson focused on how they can get help from others, who they can ask for help, and how they can express their emotions best. The workshops were held at Oasis Charter Public School in Salinas, California.