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Safeguarding and Child Protection

Emotional Intelligence, resilience and well-being are essential for success both at school and in wider society.

Studies evaluating the emotional intelligence of children and young people have shown that when compared with high scores, low scores were more often associated with deviant behaviours, difficulties at school, social disaffection and poorer life outcomes.

Research findings further indicate that children and young people labelled as gifted and talented were not exempt from difficulties similarly linked to poor emotional health and well-being including low self esteem, depression, envy, peer conflicts, alienation, loneliness, bullying and unbearable parent-teacher pressures for excellence. Failure to meet the high expectations placed upon them can trigger strong emotions in young people leading to harmful outcomes.

Some young people transferring from primary to secondary school experience a dip in academic performance. This period can also be marked by increased levels of anxiety and depression. However, young people with higher levels of emotional intelligence are more likely to cope well with this transition.

A child's emotional health and well-being also depend on how well they are able to articulate their feelings, for example, in terms of unhappiness, remorse, outrage, embarrassment, grief, fear, frustration, sickness or disillusionment. Adequate expression can act as a pressure valve without which, children and young people can become overwhelmed by strong feelings and emotions with disastrous consequences. Amygdala GeniusTM also increases a young person's emotional and feelings word vocabulary.


By enhancing emotional awareness, promoting emotional resilience, and providing a simple strategy for handling challenging emotions and feelings, Amygdala GeniusTM creates learning opportunities where the negative effects of upsetting circumstances and challenging emotions can be ameliorated.

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