About Thinking Emotions

“Thinking Emotions” is an interactive group workshop designed to help parents and educators caring for children with Autism. This practical workshop provides a clear, tangible set of tools and strategies to help parents and the care team regulate their emotions and the emotions of the children they work with to better cope with the everyday challenges, the tough moments and the triumphs.

“Thinking Emotions” was developed by a Stanford research team of clinicians who adopted the tenet that emotion regulation was key to coping with this population and developed a unique, 5-session intervention workshop that truly makes an impact on everyone involved.

Our findings show significant improvements after the workshop:

  • An increase in positive emotions
  • Improved sense of competence for parents and caregivers
  • Better capacity to make meaning out of a child’s behavior
  • Ability to respond to children’s emotions in the moment
  • Enhanced capacity to “read” children’s cues and communications

And most gratifying, parents and caregivers report that their children emotions became more contained and less inflammatory and that they feel more cared for, understood, and accepted.

Why Emotion Regulation?

Emotions are a crucial aspect of our life and can be extremely valuable and informative. However, they  tend to overwhelm us and negatively affect our responses and interactions with others, especially at times of stress. Parents and caregivers of children with Autism very commonly experience more intense stress and negative emotions than other parents do, which makes coping with emotions in the moment even harder..

Emotion regulation is key to enhancing their well being, their children’s emotion regulation abilities and development as well as the parent-child and the caregiver/child relationship.

Why Group Workshops?

Research shows that we feel more confident and are able to accomplish more in groups. Most participants in a “Thinking Emotions” workshop immediately felt more relieved and supported by sharing experiences with others facing similar challenges.  Parents of children with special needs, especially with ASD, experience high level and chronic stress, as well as intensified frustration, shame, isolation, disappointment and grief.

Studies show that Emotion Regulation plays a critical role in meeting the demands of treating ASD children, fostering high-quality interactions with significant implications for child development and wellbeing.