Learning to Connect with Your Emotions and Express Your Feelings

Youths who are struggling with an eating disorder disconnect from others and often need to relearn how to assess their own feelings. This struggle is not unique to those with eating disorders. Whether dealing with extended levels of stress related to poverty or neglect, or a developing eating disorder, a child’s learned emotional responses may not be effective in the school setting, or for future success. Helping your students to clear their “emotional memory bank,” or just to learn to express their emotions differently, can help them function better at school. Whether through the art or scaffolding conflict resolution, children can learn to connect with themselves and others.

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