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Episode 9: Coaching emotional regulation with Samantha Dholakia

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Alistair Bryce-Clegg is joined by Samantha Dholakia, a renowned Behaviour and Oracy Specialist, Consultant Trainer, and Creator of The Balance System©. In this episode, Alistair and Samantha introduce the topic of emotional intelligence and regulation in the Early Years. 

Understanding and coaching behaviour

Samantha and Alistair raise the need to coach behaviour rather than simply managing it, advocating for a deeper understanding of how children process and express emotions. The episode also highlights the accelerated brain development in early years and the necessity of establishing strong neurological foundations for effective emotional regulation. 

Throughout the discussion, the pair challenge conventional norms of compliance. They discuss creating conducive environments that encourage authentic engagement and promote intrinsic motivation. 

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