How to help players manage their behaviours and emotions
Understanding your players' emotions can help you create a positive environment. So, here are some techniques you may find useful as you strive to do just that.
Behaviour is a form of communication. When a player is well-behaved and engaged, they’re saying (without words) that they’re happy and enjoying themselves.
There are loads of reasons why – at times – some players become unable to control their emotions. It may be finding instructions complicated, a task too difficult, or it could be completely unrelated to the activity itself.
Whatever the reason, there are techniques you can use to increase enjoyment, reduce stress and keep behaviour positive. Let's take a look:
Emotion cue cards
Understand how each player is feeling and how their day has been by using cue cards when they arrive at your session.
This will alert you to any heightened emotions or players to keep an eye on.
You can download emotion cue cards here.