Co-regulation strategies to support children’s emotional development [Webinar]

In this webinar we were joined by Marcelle Waldman, educator and founder of My Feel Links! Marcelle is certified in youth mental health first aid, and has extensive knowledge in child psychology and development. She shared deep insight into what exactly a child is experiencing in their brain when they are demonstrating big emotions and what co-regulation strategies educators can use to support a child in these moments. We gained actionable insights on how to strengthen the social emotional and cognitive development of preschoolers and increase their confidence. This is not a webinar to miss out on!

🎤Our Special Guests:

Marcelle Waldman is a certified K-5 elementary educator and was awarded “Best of Mercer Island” teacher of the year in 2008. She is a Youth Mental Health First Aid certified and has extensive coursework in psychology, and child development. She is the owner and creator of FeelLinks; a small business strengthening children’s social-emotional connections and confidence. Marcelle focuses her work around children, brain development, behaviors, emotional intelligence, and overall emotional health and well-being. As an avid community volunteer, she has served on her school’s PTA board as vice president and president, contributed to many School District committees and is currently sitting on the Issaquah Schools Foundation programs committee, and volunteer for the Ladybug House, an end of life, hospice and palliative care program. 

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Marcelle!

  • When we are overwhelmed our brain goes “offline” which makes it challenging to make thoughtful decisions. We need to bring our brain back “online” in stressful situation by centering ourselves and using coping skills.
  • When children are experiencing big emotions, focus on empathy and on responding with intention (calm and slow, thinking it through) instead of reacting in the moment (quick and instant without thinking)
  • Co-regulation is a supportive and soothing process between an adult and child. Co-regulation builds compassion, patience, trust, safety and belonging
  • We can foster co-regulation through a warm and responsive relationship, structured environment, and teaching and modeling self-regulation skills
  • When children’s big emotions are partnered with a calm and supportive educator, we are setting the foundation from strong self-regulation skills
  • To connect with children in the tough moments, find your calm. Let the child feel their emotions, validate what they are feeling and help them feel safe.


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Maddie Hutchison

Maddie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Master's in Early Childhood Studies. Her specialty is in Children's Rights and she is currently a Content Strategist for HiMama!