Education K-12 M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa

Second Reader

Nathan Elliot;


Dysregulation is a recurring time in which a student loses control of their emotions, be it internalizing or externalizing behaviors. The prevalence of dysregulation among elementary school children is increasing, which concerns both parents and educators alike. The causes of dysregulation range from dysfunctional home life situations, negative peer interactions, or diagnosed disorders. Sadly, it causes feelings of fear, can lessen academic time, and instills negative behavior norms for regulated peers. It can also negatively impact students showing dysregulation by increasing their odds of being victimized or marginalized in social situations. Teachers can positively impact students by incorporating social emotional lessons and by using reappraisal techniques. This thesis, which includes a literature review with application emphasis, provides a picture book which discusses dysregulation in child-friendly terms and describes dysregulatory situations and causes at school and home.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis