One of my favorite resources to help families who are dealing with Sensory Processing Disorder is A Sensory Life, created by Angie Voss. I've worked with a lot of kids who have difficulties with sensory input, and this website had a wealth of information for parents whose kids struggle with sensory issues.
Inside: An organized, simple, and effective way to explore a child’s coping skills. This checklist can work one on one, in a small group, or even whole classrooms!
Have you ever seen those coping skills checklists that are super long? I love having a ton of strategies to work from, but it’s very hard to pick out what skills will work for kids from those overwhelming lists. To make it easier, I ended up creating the coping skills checklist. The beauty of this checklist is that it's divided into five categories: Calming, Distraction, Physical, Processing, and Sensory, which makes it easier to find a particular type of coping skill.
I love learning at conferences, but I don’t always get a chance to attend them live in person. Over the last few years, I’ve taken advantage of online conferences, like the Mom Conference. There are always some incredible speakers, and I get a chance to learn from them in my own home. Not only am I looking forward to learning from the speakers at this year’s Mom Conference, I’m so excited and honored to be a speaker myself!
Coping skills are activities anyone can do to help manage difficult thoughts and feelings or challenging situations. It’s important for everyone, both kids and adults, to know and use coping skills. Not all coping skills work in every situation, so it’s good to have a variety to help manage different challenges.
Karen Lock-Kolp from We Turned Out Okay and I are hosting a FREE workshop at the Bellingham Public Library on Monday, April 23rd from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Here’s some more information about the workshop!
Inside: Information about the Anxiety, ADHD, and Anger in the Classroom day-long seminar, including an overview of the day and feedback from participants.
Last week, I did something that I’ve always wanted to do as a professional. I gave my first full day presentation through PESI. I flew to New York and presented a day-long seminar on the topic of Anxiety, ADHD and Anger in the Classroom. I created this presentation not only to introduce and discuss coping skills but also give professionals an opportunity to try some of the coping skills before presenting them to their students.