Deep Breathing

Happy Thought Bubbles

I just love it when ideas spontaneously produce themselves.  Just began one of my groups with this activity:  Happy Thought Bubbles. 1.  Discuss how a deep breath is a silent message to the body that it is “time to relax.” 2.  Practice a few rounds of deep diaphragmatic breathing.  For this group I used the …

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Balloon Breath With Magic Expanding Ball

It’s back to school time!  Often with back to school there can be increased anxiety.  Time to help your child fill her backpack with relaxation techniques!  It’s important to find ones that he likes and enjoys practicing. Here is another fun, brilliant idea from the School Counselor at my school, Michelle Bourgeois, LCSW.  She uses …

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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 way for kids to have a visual focus while deep breathing.  Help your child learn to …

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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 the weather outside is cold or rainy because you can bring the bubble blowing …

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Becoming the Little Engine That Could: VRVRoom To Accomplishment

This week I will be reading the classic, The Little Engine That Could, with the children in my groups at school.  In this classic edition retold by Watty Piper, the author states, “She was a happy little train for she had such a jolly load to carry.  Her cars were filled full of good things …

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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 cobras, pythons, boa constrictors, and rattlers.  The other day, one student was a Pueblan Milk Snake.  …

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In-Flight Breathing Relaxation Activity

In-Flight Breathing Relaxation Activity

Summer vacation is upon us!  As a parent, have you ever been caught off guard and experienced a non-relaxed state with your child at 33,000 feet?  Flying provides the perfect opportunity to practice the art of relaxation and prepare our minds and bodies for the trip ahead or returning home.  Here are some in-flight relaxation …

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