Flipping your Lid
Watch as Dr. Dan Siegel talks in very clear terms about the brain processes that control regulation. Children as young as 5 can use this model to understand what is happening in the brain when we or our kids ‘lose it’. Once your child has flipped their lid, there isn’t much we can do for them until they come back into regulation. This is not the time to try to reason with them, they no longer have the cognitive ability to respond in that way; they no longer have access to the thinking parts of their brain.
Knowing the brain processes that are involved can help you be more aware to keep watch for those subtle signs of pre-dyregulation. When you catch it in time, there are things you can do to encourage and empower them back into regulation before they’re flipped. One such technique is mentioned here. I’ll be posting more later and also some tips for when they are already flipped, so stay tuned.