Help Children Cope With Negative Emotions with a Good Mood Dice

We all have bad days and we all experience bad moods. Children are no exception. Sometimes kids struggle because they do not yet have the tools to be able to regulate their emotions. This activity will help a child start to learn that he has the ability to regulate his own emotions and help himself when he is feeling upset. …

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A Review of 7 Therapeutic Storybooks on Sadness, Grief, and Loss

We all know that every child will experience tough days, disappointments, and, of course, loss in some form or another over the course of their childhood years. Part of our task as parents, teachers, and therapists is to make sure that kids have good coping skills for managing the difficult situations that life will inevitably throw at them. In this …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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How to Help Children Overcome Trauma Using Salt Dough Crafts

Clients with a history of severe trauma often need help overcoming symptoms of post-traumatic stress that can arise unexpectedly and overwhelm them. Once triggered, these individuals can feel that they are reliving a traumatic event all over again. They may experience flashbacks to the traumatic event, have nightmares, panic, or dissociate from the present moment and their own bodies, as …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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How to Help Kids Set Goals and Celebrate Successes Using a Picture Frame

Visualizing and goal-setting is such a powerful tool when counselling any client, child or adult. This is why solution-focused therapists ask the miracle question and why narrative therapists help their clients picture their stories in new ways. With that thought in mind, here is an activity that is fun for kids or teens of any age that will help them …

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