•                                    Coping Skills for kids

         During this time of change and uncertainty it is easy for students to become angry, anxious, frustrated or even sad.  Our students are having to adjust to being at home all day, not seeing their teacher or friends and now they are having to do school work virtually. You as a parent may start to see a different behavior pattern in your student's behavior while they are trying to adapt to the new world they are living in. Below are a list of coping skills that you can utilize and implement with your student at home to help them to calm down. Coping skills are not just something a student should use only when they are expierence a specific feeling, but something they should do when they are happy as well. We want these coping skills to become apart of their everyday skills so when they are starting to feel a specific way, they will automatically know to use one of the coping skills that calms them down. We want the student to have a tool box of coping skills to implement for specific feelings or situiations. Learning how to utilize and implement these coping skills will help your student to be best version of them. They will fell safe, calm and empoweredthat they are able to change their feelings about a particular situation for the better. 

     

    * Take 10 deep breath slowly.

    * Count to 10 slowly with their eye closed.

    * Journal daily their thoughts and share them with someone they fell comfortable with.

    * Meditaion/yoga

    * Listening to calming music (bird sounds, waterfalls, etc.)

    * Read a Book

    * Blow bubbles

    * Go for a walk

    * Go for a bike ride

    * Draw/Color a picture

    * Play in the sand (this can be very soothing)

    * Take a shower

    * Replace negative thoughts with postive thoughts

    * Excercise or play a favorite outdoor game/sport.