Educators Resource

How To Train Your Child’s Anger Dragon

Knowing how to support your child with his anger can be challenging at times. Even as adults it’s hard to tame our anger dragons.  Helping our kids learn how to deal with anger to transform it into healthy expression and to avoid violence or manipulation is a tool that will benefit them their entire life. …

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Mind Pirates First Step: FIND THEM!

I don’t know how to slow it down, my mind’s racing from chasing pirates. . . the silliest things flap around in my brain, impossible schemes swim around. –Nora Jones song, Chasing Pirates I can so identify with Nora Jones as she belts out….”and I don’t know how to slow it down.”  In fact I …

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Visualization for Healing: Mining Out The Pain

So last night my daughter was struggling with a pretty icky headache.  As we were trying many remedies to help her lessen the pain, my partner’s son, who is 13, offered this visualization.  He said, “You know, when I get a headache, I imagine all these little miners in my head carrying out buckets of …

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Calm and Focus: The Potential Effects of Deep Pressure Touch

Deep pressure touch has been found to be very calming to the nervous system.  I work with many students who struggle with sensory integration and moderation and sometimes deep pressure touch works to help them focus and/or calm down.  Please use this technique with caution, starting with a very non-evasive exercise such as the finger …

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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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New ebook “Guided Imagery for Kids” available on Amazon!

Check out my latest children’s sound book on Amazon!  It was inspired by my desire to help my daughters calm down, release anxiety and relax, especially during times of stress.  It’s the second in the Kids’ Relaxation series.   Each guided imagery activity in the book includes both the printed transcript of each relaxation script …

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Relaxation Resource Recommendation: Babar’s Yoga For Elephants

Want a fun way to practice yoga with your child?  Try reading this book together! Babar’s Yoga for Elephants by Laurent de Brunhoff is a fun way to practice yoga stretches.  What the students and I liked the most was the easy to follow, step by step directions for basic poses such as the warrior …

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Got Resistance? Five Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Relaxation Practice

For many different reasons, sometimes kids aren’t that keen on relaxation practice.  However, it is possible to encourage them so that, before you know, it they are SUPER interested in relaxing with you.  Here are five ways to encourage your child’s relaxation practice, making it a FUN and joyful experience. 1.  Parent Model.  Begin practicing …

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