10 Neurosensory Words for Older Children to Help Express Their Feelings

10 Neurosensory Words for Older Children to Help Express Their Feelings
Navigating the complex world of emotions can be challenging, especially for older children. Developing a rich emotional vocabulary not only helps them to articulate their internal world but also fosters better communication with friends, family, and other support networks. Here are ten neurosensory words we believe are crucial for older children to know and understand as they learn to express their experiential framework.

1. Empathy

Understanding and relating to the feelings of others is known as empathy. This advanced emotion skill is key in developing strong interpersonal relationships. Encouraging children to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and consider alternative points of view is the first step towards cultivating an empathetic response.


2. Gratitude

Being aware of and thankful for the kind things others do, for material possessions, and for opportunities in life is known as gratitude. It helps children recognize the good things they have and the values of kindness and generosity. Gratitude promotes a positive outlook and emotional well-being.


3. Ambivalence

Experiencing two conflicting emotions at the same time, such as love and hate, is called ambivalence. This can be confusing, but teaching children it's okay to feel multiple emotions about the same person or situation can ease some inner tension they might be feeling.


4. Resilience

The ability to bounce back from difficult experiences is known as resilience. This inner strength is built through hardship and can be encouraged by teaching children to view challenges as opportunities for growth. It’s an important emotion in teaching children to cope with life’s ups and downs.


5. Compassion

Feeling a deep sympathy for the suffering of others and a desire to help is termed compassion. Encouraging children to express compassion fosters a caring and supportive community. It allows them to not only recognize but also actively respond to the struggles of others with kindness.


6. Pride

Having a sense of satisfaction in one’s accomplishments or in the qualities of someone with whom you are associated is pride. This emotion, when balanced, can foster self-esteem and confidence. Teaching children about healthy pride can motivate them to achieve their personal best.


7. Envy

Feeling discontent and resentful longing aroused by another's possessions, qualities, or luck is envy. Understanding this emotion can lead to introspective discussions about what is truly important and how to seek one's own fulfillment without comparing to others.


8. Disappointment

Failing to meet the hopes or expectations one has for oneself or others can lead to disappointment. This is a common emotion when things do not go as planned and learning about it can prepare children for realistic life expectations and how to manage those feelings constructively.


9. Serenity

A sense of calm and inner peace, even in the midst of turmoil, is serenity. Teaching children to recognize and cultivate this emotion through practices such as deep breathing and mindfulness can help them manage stress and develop resilient mindsets.


10. Curiosity

Eager to know or learn something, curiosity is the starting point of learning and growth. Encouraging children to follow their curiosity can lead them to explore new concepts, ideas, and interests, enabling a life around a value of continuous learning and personal development.
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