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 …

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5 Ways to Help Children with Separation Anxiety

Danielle was 8 years-old when her anxiety first showed up. Before that she had no problems going to school or being away from her mother, Lisa. But all of a sudden it became a struggle to get her out the door in the morning. First Lisa had to drive Danielle to school, since Danielle made such a fuss about walking …

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Once Upon a Time: How Storytelling Can Help Children in Therapy

I love stories. A good story, whether in a movie, a novel, a picture book, or the words of a friend is one of my favourite things. Stories are fun. They teach us about the world and about ourselves. They evoke emotion. They inspire us and empower us. Stories do all these things and more when used in a therapeutic …

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Build Emotional Awareness and Expression Using This Printable Game

Today I’m uploading a variation on the game of checkers. This version of the game features a board with a number of different feeling faces (like those found on a standard feelings chart) on the playing squares: happy, sad, angry, afraid, disgusted, surprised, loved, confused and joyful. Simply print off the gameboard, grab some movers, and get started.Set the game …

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Agent Pensby and How He Can Help with Childhood Anxiety

I have always loved good therapeutic stories and the way that they excite, empower, and engage a child in the work of therapy. For this reason, I am thrilled to introduce Agent Pensby and the Golden Fish: A Tale About Anxiety. Agent Pensby seems to be a normal zoo penguin, but he is secretly a spy, hired by the Queen …

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Chain

Do you remember making Christmas chains out of construction paper when you were a kid? I remember having so much fun making them at school almost every year in the early grades. If you happen to be working with primary to junior aged clients this Christmas season, who are at the middle or end of their counselling, they might enjoy …

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Self Care Spa for Self-Esteem and Depression

A “spa day” is a great activity to do at any stage of therapy when working with clients with problems with anxiety, stress, depression, or self-esteem. It is useful for building rapport in the early stages of counselling, as a celebration at the end, or as a special day in the middle of therapy. Plus, an hour of pampering is …

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Therapeutic Activities for Techsavvy Kids

As much as I was never a huge fan of screens in the playroom, I always seemed to find myself with one or more clients whose main interests were all things computer, ipod, xbox and to whom everything else in the playroom is “boring”. This seems to be increasingly the case as kids are plugged in from an earlier age.I …

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Celebration Interview

The end of counselling is a time for celebrating what has been accomplished, reviewing new skills, preparing for life without the counsellor, and saying “Goodbye” Kids from about 6-10 years old may enjoy doing a celebration interview. For this activity, the child gets to be the star of the show and you pretend to be a newscaster interviewing him. Pick …

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Pool Noodle Extravaganza

What do you get if you combine pool noodles with balloons? Countless variations of high-energy fun to use with the kids you work with. If you have really energetic clients or group members, they might enjoy this more active session game during the early stage of counselling. Use this game for rapport building or assessing and promoting emotional expression. The …

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