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Practitioner’s Guide to Emotion Regulation in School-Aged Children

  • Focuses specifically on mental health practice in schools

  • Provides much-needed guidance on understanding and strengthening emotion regulation in school-aged children

  • Is written for practitioners, the book provides a unique combination of theory and background as well as guidance on application and evidence-based interventions that can be implemented immediately

  • Offers multiple interventions for the various situations school psychologists and other allied professionals confront in the real world -- schools, individual children, children in groups, families, and classrooms

  • Provides practical tools that can be taught to children and shared with parents and teachers


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Gayle L. Macklem
    Pages 13-24
  3. Gayle L. Macklem
    Pages 49-62
  4. Gayle L. Macklem
    Pages 63-81
  5. Gayle L. Macklem
    Pages 99-121
  6. Gayle L. Macklem
    Pages 123-142
  7. Gayle L. Macklem
    Pages 169-184
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 185-225

About this book


Most children master emotion regulation skills during their early childhood, though, increasingly, many enter school with mild or serious deficits that may not be addressed effectively or early enough. Practitioner’s Guide to Emotion Regulation in School-Aged Children presents in-depth background and practical information on the subject to enable school professionals to craft interventions that are developmentally appropriate, relevant, and timely.

In this volume, variables that contribute to emotional regulation are identified, complex relationships between emotions, stress, and temperament are explored, and challenges to competence at school (e.g., test anxiety, bullying) and at home (e.g., punishment for "wrong" emotions) are examined. Strategies for recognizing specific skill deficiencies or more general needs are provided, along with emotion coaching techniques, cognitive-behavioral methods, anger management programs, empathy training, and other interventions. Dozens of worksheets and handouts included in the book can be reproduced or fine-tuned to fit age and ability levels.

Featured topics include:

  • Emotion dysregulation as a risk factor for mental disorders, including anxiety, depressive disorders, and the autism spectrum.
  • The biology of emotion regulation, and its potential in designing interventions.
  • Strengthening parenting skills to reinforce children’s emotional skills.
  • Working with teachers to improve the emotional climate in the classroom.
  • The peer group: translating self-regulation into social contexts.
  • Step by step intervention processes.

With targeted training at the classroom, home, and peer levels, children can better attain the vital skills they need for a lifetime of social interactions. This volume is an essential resource for school psychologists and other school-based mental health professionals.


Adolescence Children Coaching Emotion Regulation Emotional Regulation Intervention Parenting Peer Groups School Setting Stress attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) development learning psychology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Licensed Educational PsychologistManchesterUSA

About the authors

Gayle L. Macklem, MA, NCSP, LEP, is a Massachusetts licensed school psychologist and a Massachusetts-licensed educational psychologist. She has served in the field of education for 30 years. A former president of the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA), she serves as the Technology Chairperson of the state association. Gayle is an adjunct instructor in the Counseling and School Psychology Specialist Training Program at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Gayle writes curriculum and writes on topics of interest to educators. She is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences. Gayle is the author of Springer’s Bullying and teasing: Social power in children’s groups (2003).

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