Positive Self Talk

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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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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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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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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Your Mind is Your Playdough!

What if we gave children the analogy of likening the mind to big hunk of playdough?  Essentially that is the case.  Brain research is exploding with tales of neuroplasticity and our awareness is expanding with the knowledge that our brains are continually developing and changing based on what we are programming them to do.  Therefore, …

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