Inside Out Explorers: Emotion Regulation Group

Inside Out Explorers is a dynamic and interactive emotional regulation group designed to help children in kindergarten through third grade develop essential skills to understand and manage their emotions. Inspired by the beloved movie Inside Out, this group will provide a safe and supportive environment for children to explore their emotions, improve emotional intelligence, and learn healthy coping skills.

Each session of Inside Out Explorers will focus on a specific emotion, using characters from the movie Inside Out to illustrate and understand different feelings. Through age-appropriate activities, discussions, and play, children will learn to identify, express, and regulate emotions constructively. The group will meet once a week for a duration of 10 weeks, and each session will last 45 minutes. 

The Inside Out movie can be viewed on YouTube or Disney+ prior to the start of the group or you can check your local library to see if they have the movie available for rent. It is not a requirement to have seen the movie before the start of the group but is highly encouraged!

Weekly Topics:

  • Week 1: Introduction to Group
  • Week 2: Introduction to Emotions
  • Week 3: Joy and Sadness
  • Week 4: Anger and Fear
  • Week 5: Anxiety and Stress
  • Week 6: Identifying Triggers
  • Week 7: Emotional Vocabulary
  • Week 8: Calming Techniques
  • Week 9: Review
  • Week 10: Reflection and Celebration
The group has two sessions, one for children in grades K-1 and the other for children in grades 2-3. It is open to students who reside in Maine Township (or attend a Maine Township school). The cost to attend this group is free!

The next session will meet from 5-5:45 pm on Wednesdays at the Maine Township Town Hall from 2/28/24 to 5/15/24 (no group on 3/27/24 or 4/10/24). There are only 6 spots available in each session.

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For more information, please contact Summer Zumbrock at or 224-257-4863.