Our Favourite Storybooks to Help Children with Anxiety – Part 3

Therapeutic storybooks can be a valuable resource for helping kids to identify, express, and cope with a wide range of emotions and difficult life situations. Stories capture kids attention, give them language to express their feelings and talk about their problems, normalize children’s feelings, and can teach them skills to help them handle tough circumstances. Over the last number of …

Carey EmmersonOur Favourite Storybooks to Help Children with Anxiety – Part 3

Our Favourite Therapeutic Stories to Help Children with Anxiety – Part 2

Therapeutic storybooks are a powerful way for kids to learn to recognize, express, and cope with tough emotions and difficult life situations. A story can engage children, can give them language to talk about their problems, can help normalize their feelings, and can give them tools to help them face their own life circumstances. Because stories are such effective therapeutic …

Carey EmmersonOur Favourite Therapeutic Stories to Help Children with Anxiety – Part 2

Our Favourite Therapeutic Stories to Help Children with Anxiety – Part 1

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues that children experience, and so it’s likely you’ve taught, counselled, or parented a child who has struggled with worry, panic, shyness, or some other manifestation of anxiety. If so, this week’s video is for you. We’re continuing with our series on therapeutic storybooks for children on our YouTube channel. Over …

Carey EmmersonOur Favourite Therapeutic Stories to Help Children with Anxiety – Part 1

How to Use Comics to Teach Children Positive Self-Talk

I spend a great deal of time with clients working on identifying and challenging unhelpful thoughts. Teens and adults alike can really benefit from understanding how their thinking affects their moods and their behaviours. Children can also benefit from this type or work. However, working with little people on the “C” part of cognitive behavioural therapy can be challenging. Young …

Carey EmmersonHow to Use Comics to Teach Children Positive Self-Talk

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

How to Build Self-Esteem with a Cool Wind Chime

The weather may be chilly, but I am dreaming of warmer days out on the patio and leaves rustling in the breeze (wishful thinking I know). But with that thought in mind, here’s a fun wind chime craft that kids and teens will enjoy making during therapy sessions, even in these winter months. It is a little more interesting than …

Carey EmmersonHow to Build Self-Esteem with a Cool Wind Chime

What is Warm and Yummy and Affirming all over? This craft!

Here’s a craft that school-aged kids and even teens will enjoy. Plus, it is perfect for the chilly fall season, where nothing feels as good as curling up with a warm drink. Make an affirmations mug, and as you do so, talk about helpful and unhelpful thoughts. Discuss how negative thoughts can creep up on us and how they lead …

Carey EmmersonWhat is Warm and Yummy and Affirming all over? This craft!

How to Teach Kids About Anxious Thoughts Using a Jellyfish Suncatcher

My thermometer hit 34 degrees celsius today. And it feels HOT. The sky is cloudless. The sun is blistering. All this summer has me wishing for the beach. With that thought in mind, here’s a fun, beachy craft you can make with kids struggling with anxiety. This activity will help children talk about anxious thoughts and how those thoughts feed …

Carey EmmersonHow to Teach Kids About Anxious Thoughts Using a Jellyfish Suncatcher