In this episode of the Parenting ADHD Podcast, I’m talking with licensed child therapist, Angela Pruess, about emotional intelligence. Building emotional intelligence skills is an important part of raising kids with ADHD, kids who are often dysregulated emotionally and struggle with interactions with others. We discuss emotional awareness, emotional regulation, and how emotional intelligence plays a role in relationships with others and social interactions. Listen in to learn how to assess your child’s current emotional intelligence and then work on building skills where there are gaps.

“They need to be able to handle the highs and lows in life. Emotional intelligence skills will enable us to see that our kids thrive. “

Resources in this Episode

(Yes, some of these are affiliate links.)

Articles/Topics Mentioned:

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Angela’s Articles on Emotional Intelligence

Amygdala Hijack


The Incredible 5-Point Scale, tool for learning to communicate and regulate emotions

Zones of Regulation

Whole Brain Child, by Dr. Dan Siegel

Dr. Siegel’s Hand Model (video below)

My Guest

Angela Pruess is a licensed clinical therapist who wants to help you raise emotionally healthy kids that will change the world, by explaining the he(art) and science behind your child’s developmental and emotional needs at She also writes about childhood mental health and the therapeutic power of play. With her help, you can better understand your child, help them meet their full potential, and LOVE the journey of parenthood.

Where to Find Angela

Facebook: @childrensmentalhealthrocks and @parentswithconfidence
Angela’s Emotional Intelligence Flashcards

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