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Emotional Regulation

iPad Apps for Worries

Recently one of my students was struggling with bad dreams.  His mom asked me to support him at school in helping him learn skills to deal with his worries.  In addition to teaching him several deep breathing techniques and using … Continue reading

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Wheels of….RELAXATION!

This morning in our small group yoga time at school, we practiced relaxation skills using a spinner visual aid.  This visual aid helped students to stay focused on what we were learning and was a great tool to bring attention … Continue reading

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Calm Monkey Mind Corner

It’s getting towards the end of the school year in my district.  We are wrapping things up, saying goodbye to a year that passed so swiftly, and sending our fifth graders on to the larger horizon of middle school.  Even … Continue reading

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Row The Boat To Release Tension

I have been practicing Qigong!  According to the National Qigong Association (nqa.org), “qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.” The other day while I was finishing my morning routine, it … Continue reading

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Relaxing and Regulating From the Inside Out! Part TWO

Recently, I shared some key messages and activities inspired by the Pixar movie Inside Out!  Here are some more activities and messages I gleaned from the movie.  I have the figurines promptly displayed in my school psych office and let … Continue reading

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Anchors Away! Energy Transformation For Kids

When energy is scattered, out of control, and “all over the place,”  it is very hard for kids to calm down.  Here are some grounding techniques that can help you and your child re-center, re-focus, and calm the body for … Continue reading

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Relaxing and Regulating From The Inside Out!

I recently went to see the recent Pixar movie, Inside Out, with my family.  We really enjoyed it.  While some of the science featured has been controversial, I took away key messages that inspired the creation of these relaxation and … Continue reading

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Heart Breath

Here’s a deep breath with a visual aid built right within it! The heart breath gets kids to focus within their heart center while breathing in and out. Heart Breath First,  put your hands on your heart so that you … Continue reading

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Blooming From Mud: Kids’ Lotus Flower Relaxation

Helping kids to navigate the downs of life, the “mud” of life, is so very important.  How we respond, or react, to difficulties is a critical piece to creating a life of wellbeing and emotional regulation. Last week I went … Continue reading

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The Power of Mindfulness

Want to bring mindfulness into your life with kids?  My suggestion would be to try it out yourself first, really become familiar with it, establish your own practice,  THEN share it with the kids in your life.  Dr. Amy Salesman, … Continue reading

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