Emotional Outbursts

Regular emotional outbursts in children can be a sign of their difficulty understanding and managing their emotions. Emotional outbursts can impact on home life and relationships with peers.

Emotional outbursts can result from children externalising anxieties or past trauma therapeutic support for children and parents/carers can help with understanding and managing these emotions.


Therapy Options

Developing Emotional Understanding (DEU) - Developing Emotional Understanding (DEU) Therapy has been developed at The Behaviour Clinic to help children develop their understanding of their own and others’ emotions.

Therapeutic Life Story Work - Therapeutic Life Story Work (TLSW) supports children who are fostered, adopted or in family placements to understand their past experiences.

Behavioural Therapy This therapy works to solve current problems and change unhelpful thinking and behaviour through direct work with the child. This therapy can form part of an emotional and behavioural support programme.


Articles and Research

The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social and Emotional Learning
Compared to controls, SEL participants demonstrated significantly improved social and emotional skills, attitudes, behavior, and academic performance that reflected an 11-percentile-point gain in achievement. The use of 4 recommended practices for developing skills and the presence of implementation problems moderated program outcomes. The findings add to the growing empirical evidence regarding the positive impact of SEL programs.

Associations between child emotional eating and general parenting style, feeding practices, and parent psychopathology
Emotional eating is the tendency to eat in response to negative emotions. This study examined relationships between child emotional eating and both general and specific parenting constructs as well as maternal symptoms of depression and binge eating among a treatment-seeking sample of overweight children. Emotional feeding behavior (i.e., a tendency to offer food to soothe a child's negative emotions) was the parent factor most significantly related to child emotional eating. Findings suggest that emotional feeding practices in parents may be related to emotional eating in children. Treatment with overweight children who engage in emotional eating may be improved by targeting parent feeding practices.