Power Animals

Many cultures tribes embrace power animals or animal medicine, believing that animals have their own strengths that we can learn from. Some children enjoy claiming their own power animals for helping them through tough times. Although there are many methods of helping children discover their power animals, the simplest may be just talking to them about the skill or resource they need in order to feel more confident about facing current challenges. For example, a teenager wishing they had more...

Finger Labyrinths

Labyrinths are ancient patterns that have often been used in meditation. There are many forms of labyrinths, many of which are walking labyrinths. If you ever find a walking labyrinth near you, try walking one with a child. Many children love the winding paths of labyrinths. They also tend to rush through them. (I have been told by labyrinth owners that this is typical. Children need less closure than adults and they will walk or run the labyrinth at the pace that works for them.) To find a...

Create a Mad Story

Once upon a time there was a very angry___. I knew it was angry because smoke was coming out of its___. I could tell it was furious because its______________was turning the color of ______________ . I could tell it was enraged and aggravated and irritated because it was stomping its ____________________________ . Draw a picture showing why the ______________ was so mad

Physical and sensory input interventions

Take a five minute brisk walk Play with play dough or clay Suck on sour or spicy candy Play some favorite music loudly Hug a stuffed animal or pillow as hard as you can Knead some bread or pizza dough Squeeze your muscles and then relax them Scribble on paper see how much of the page you can cover Sip a hot drink not so hot you burn yourself, of course or a really cold drink Write your feelings down in a journal Tear and crumple up a phone book or paper but ask an adult first if the item you...

Examples of Blop Boxes

Coping Skills Coloring Sheets

A plastic storage box filled with dry rice, popcorn, lentils, or dried beans. The child can run their fingers through the contents for soothing. A container of smooth round beach rocks. The child can hold rocks in their hands for comfort sort rocks by shape, size, or color or, if given a cup of water and a paintbrush, paint the rocks with water. Containers of the following can be sorted and looked through for soothing Buttons Small miscellaneous fidgets and toys e.g. a dice, a spring, paper...

Taking Care of Me

Waking Taking Bath Eating

Sometimes, even adults forget that simple strategies like eating healthily and getting enough sleep helps us regulate our moods and behavior much better. This is an activity book to help children learn and use some self-care skills. There are many ways people can take good care of themselves. If you take good care of yourself, you will have a stronger foundation for coping with day-to-day stressors like frustration, disagreements with friends, problems at school, and so on. One way to take good...

Pirates Survival Guide

Coping Skills For Kids

Many children these days are struggling with multiple challenges related to poverty, addictions, and family tension. It can be very difficult for children to put words to these experiences and even harder to express their needs and feelings around them. However, if you externalize their problems it can make it easier for them to do so. A Pirate's Survival Guide is a child-friendly tool to help children talk about how to cope with multiple challenges as well as express their feelings about them....

Directions

Have a discussion with the child about coping skills they use that have worked. Have the child pick out the color cards they would like they will need one card per coping skill. Write down a coping skill on each card. Have the child decorate their cards. Punch a hole in the upper left corner of each card. Attach the cards to the key ring, or tie them together with a loop of string. You can thread beads onto the string if desired. Now the child can carry these portable reminders with them...

Creative Coping Skills for Children

Emotional Support through Arts and Crafts Activities WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY BONNIE THOMAS Jessica Kingsley Publishers London and Philadelphia First published in 2009 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers 116 Pentonville Road London N1 9JB, UK and 400 Market Street, Suite 400 Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA Copyright Bonnie Thomas 2009 Illustrations copyright Bonnie Thomas 2009 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any material form including photocopying or storing it...