Coping Skills

Using Shapes to Take Deep Breaths

Using Shapes to Take Deep Breaths

Deep breathing is so hokey, right? But there are lots of fun ways to encourage deep breathing, and using shapes is awesome. 

It gives some structure to breathing for kids, and easy to follow directions. It hopefully prevents that hyperventilation or holding their breath without breathing out that can happen if you just say “take a deep breath”

An Organized Way to Explore a Child’s Coping Skills

An Organized Way to Explore a Child’s Coping Skills

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.

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