10 Therapeutic Storybooks to Help Children Deal with Anger (Part 2)

Last week we started a series on therapeutic stories that teachers, therapists, and parents can use to help children to identify and express their emotions appropriately. We began with the emotion of anger and shared a video with the first five of ten of our favourite storybooks to help young children talk about their angry feelings. If you missed last …

Carey Emmerson10 Therapeutic Storybooks to Help Children Deal with Anger (Part 2)

10 Therapeutic Storybooks to Help Children Deal with Anger (Part 1)

Happy New Year! To kick off 2019, we will be starting a new series on therapeutic stories. We want to take some time and review some of our favourite children’s books that deal with subjects like sadness, grief, anger, social skills, and more, in order to help you find resources to assist you in your work with children. Therapeutic stories …

Carey Emmerson10 Therapeutic Storybooks to Help Children Deal with Anger (Part 1)

Help Kids Establish Safety and Security with “My Safe Base” Handout

No matter our age, we all need to feel safe. Safety is so vital for our lives that it’s at the very base of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, only one step up from physiological needs like food and shelter. After we are fed and clothed and housed, we need to feel safe before we are able to pursue other needs …

Carey EmmersonHelp Kids Establish Safety and Security with “My Safe Base” Handout

Toilet Training with this Printable Potty Training Chart

Today’s post is not a therapy or educational resource – but it is a positive reinforcement tool to help very young children learn bathroom skills. We are working to potty train a toddler in our house at the moment. While we have been using lots of positive reinforcement in the form of praise, she has been very sporadic in her …

Carey EmmersonToilet Training with this Printable Potty Training Chart

Coping Skills Cheat Sheet

As a part of therapy, I regularly ask clients to make some kind of wellness plan or coping plan using their favourite coping skills. Strong emotions from anger, to depression, to anxiety, to stress all benefit from the use of coping skills. At the same time, it can be hard to think of strategies in a moment of intense emotions. …

Carey EmmersonCoping Skills Cheat Sheet

Encourage Emotion Regulation with a Coping Cushion

I love the activity idea that I am going to share with you today. It is simple, low-cost, appeals to a wide age range, and can be used for children dealing with any number of emotional challenges. The idea was actually first shared with me by a parent who uses it with her son. The craft is a coping pillow …

Carey EmmersonEncourage Emotion Regulation with a Coping Cushion

Use Elf on the Shelf to Teach Social Skills

If you are looking for a way to encourage your child or client to work on building social skills like manners or making friends, you can use the popular Elf on the Shelf dolls this holiday season. The idea is to pick a social skills area that the child needs to work on. You can pose Elf in different locations …

Carey EmmersonUse Elf on the Shelf to Teach Social Skills

“Today I Feel Happy”: A Feeling Chart to Build Kids’ Assertive Communication

As therapists know, if you hope to be effective in helping children, you must involve the family. No matter the issue, if the parents are not supportive or knowledgeable of what is going on in your work with their child, chances are the progress won’t stick. That is what take-home activities can be so helpful. Parents get to be directly …

Carey Emmerson“Today I Feel Happy”: A Feeling Chart to Build Kids’ Assertive Communication

4 Awesome Ways to Teach Stressed and Anxious Children about Relaxation

Last week’s post looked at ways to use crafts to teach children about relaxation. Today’s post is all about specific physical movements and exercises that aim to teach children how to relax their bodies. These ideas can be easily applied to the counselling or therapy setting. The idea is that if kids can learn to control their own bodies, they …

Carey Emmerson4 Awesome Ways to Teach Stressed and Anxious Children about Relaxation

4 Crafts to Teach Kids About Relaxation

Relaxation is about the body. So is tension. When we tell a child to “just relax,” we are asking them to do something that is not only emotional or mental, but that is highly physical as well. And it is not easy. Many adults, let alone children, have never been taught to relax or to notice feelings of tension in …

Carey Emmerson4 Crafts to Teach Kids About Relaxation