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Emotional Regulation

Forest of Calm

It’s back to school time and the perfect time to practice relaxation techniques with your kids!  Recently, the first graders and I created a “Forest of Calm” through the Vrksasana yoga pose, or “tree pose.” All of the kids gathered … Continue reading

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Relaxation Collage

Create a relaxation collage with your child.  I like to explain that just looking at serene, tranquil pictures can calm our bodies and minds.  There’s even research out there that shows that just by looking upon tranquil scenes or even … Continue reading

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Re-Write the “Monster Under the Bed” Story

The Monster Under Your Bed is Just a Story In Your Head by Lisa Wimberger Loving this new book by Lisa Wimberger, founder of the Neurosculpting Institute, (www.neurosculptinginstitute.com).  It’s perfect for introducing kids to neuroliteracy, the study of brain science … Continue reading

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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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