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Deep Breathing

Glitter Jar

  I love the glitter jar!  The school counselor, Michele Bourgeois, LCSW, at my school uses this in her groups.  She also created the gorgeous example in the picture!!!  Use this jar to begin relaxation practice.  It is a wonderful … Continue reading

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New Kids’ Relaxation Ebook Available on Amazon

Take time out for a little R&R and a calming break with your child. This book is not only for the children in your life, it is also for you! Deep Breathing for Kids is a collection of many of … Continue reading

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Jellyfish Visual Aid for Deep Breathing Practice

  For some children, the concept of taking a deep breath is difficult to understand.  When I am working with some kids, especially kids with an autism spectrum disorder, they respond especially well to the use of a visual aid … Continue reading

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Mr. Balloon Breath

The balloon breath is a fun way to describe a diaphragmatic breath. I like to show kids a picture of the diaphragm and explain that it is the long, flat muscle beneath the lungs and above the belly button that … Continue reading

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Rocket Breath!

Take off into relaxation today!  Explain to your child that you are going to practice a deep breath like a rocket.  While he inhales, taking air into his lungs, you will sound the count down until take off when he … Continue reading

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Over the Rainbow Breathing

Have your child gently close her eyes and imagine that she is lying under a rainbow.  Tell her that you are going to practice breathing the colors in out while thinking certain thoughts.  Encourage her to allow her body to … Continue reading

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Blowing Bubbles In The Bath

Here’s a quick way to integrate relaxation practice into your daily routine with your child, especially during the busy holiday season.  Use bath time! Bubble baths are the perfect place to practice deep breathing.   This activity is especially nice when … Continue reading

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Snake Hiss: Deep Breathing Practice

Snake Hiss   I like to practice breathing like a snake with students at school.  To begin, I ask them what kind of snake they would like to be for the day.  I get all kinds of fun answers like … Continue reading

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Scratch and Sniff Deep Breathing

Scratch and sniff stickers are a BIG hit in my relaxation classes.  They are colorful, come in a variety of “smells,” and are fun to stick as reminders to slow down and take a deep breath.  We also use them … Continue reading

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Relaxation and Focus for Test Taking

In my school this week, we are taking a dip in the sea of standardized testing.  It is our yearly state assessment time.  Students and staff alike are feeling the change in schedules, routines and the effects of hours of … Continue reading

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