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Tips for Raising a Terrific Preschooler Yankton SD

For a preschooler, learning to identify emotions is the first step towards learning how to manage them. When a child can correctly label feelings, he is better able to express himself and his needs. Parents can help children develop this valuable skill through play.

Catherine Flum
(605) 665-4606
Yankton, SD
Practice Areas
Corrections/Offenders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Nicole McMillin
(605) 367-4821
Sioux Falls, SD
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Career Development, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Hoem, Jean Ms. LPC
(605) 348-6365
419 Quincy Street
Rapid City, SD
 
Penny Virchow
(605) 996-1622
Mitchell, SD
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Holly Edwards
(605) 745-6222
Hot Springs, SD
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mrs. Dawn Williams
Four C's Counseling, LLC
(605) 342-8552
2218 Jackson Blvd. Suite 12
Rapid City, SD
Credentials
Credentials: MS,LSW, LPC
Licensed in South Dakota
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Runaways, Sexual Abuse/Rape, S
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Sherwood Schrenk
(605) 229-1500
Aberdeen, SD
Practice Areas
Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Melissa M Jockheck
(605) 224-7247
Pierre, SD
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. James Simpson
(605) 610-9942
3202 W Main St
Rapid City, SD
Specialties
Divorce, Relationship Issues, Child or Adolescent, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Northern Colorado
Year of Graduation: 1982
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Darci Nichols
(605) 688-4178
Brookings, SD
Practice Areas
Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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Tips for Raising a Terrific Preschooler

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Tips for Raising a Terrific Preschooler
By Caron B. Goode 
Email kygardner@verizon.net
Mar 23, 2006, 21:59

   

The preschool years are an exciting time for both children and parents. It is the time when children pass through babyhood and enter childhood. During their third and fourth years, children enjoy a great deal of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. They become stronger and more in control of their bodies, emotions, and environment. It is in this stage that many pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place, and parents begin to catch glimpses of the person their child is becoming.

Emotions

Between the ages of three and four, children experience tremendous emotional growth. It is in this stage that children begin to understand and label feelings. They understand on a basic level what causes certain feelings, and will offer simple help to those in distress. When a playmate cries or becomes angry, a child may offer a hug or share a special toy. It is important that parents recognize and encourage this emphatic behavior. This will help children develop compassion. It will also help them learn to identify emotions in themselves and in others.

For a preschooler, learning to identify emotions is the first step towards learning how to manage them. When a child can correctly label feelings, he is better able to express himself and his needs. Parents can help children develop this valuable skill through play. Mirror games, face cards, and play acting are all great ways to help children identify their emotions. Reading and storytelling can also be very helpful. Describing why a favorite character feels a certain way is fun and lets children practice expressing emotions.

As preschoolers begin to identify their emotions, there is a notable shift in how they handle themselves. Tantrums, while still present especially during times of stress, become fewer and farther between. This makes it a great time to teach them how to soothe and comfort themselves. Instructing children to use touch or a simple phrase can go a long way in helping them manage anxiety and stress. A mother may place her hand on her heart and then on her child s to let him know that this is the place where she is always with him. Then throughout the day when he needs reassuring, all he needs to do is touch that place to feel comforted. The same goes for words. For instance, if he suffers separation anxiety repeating the phrase Daddy will be back will remind him that all is well, and his father will return.

Friendship

Friendships are very important in the preschool years. Once children begin to understand emotions and their connection to other people, they begin to establish friendships. For three and four year-olds, friendship begins by showing interest in other children and mimicking them. While these children long for playmates, they are just learning the social skills necessar...

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