Programs for All Students
GoZen (https://gozen.com/) - GoZen! creates online social and emotional learning programs loved by kids ages 5-15, parents, professionals, and schools. Our mission is to reach 1 million kids with skills to transform stress, anxiety, worry, anger, perfectionism, negativity, and social worry into POWER in the year 2020!
Big Life Growth Mindset Journal (https://biglifejournal.com/) - At Big Life Journal, we create engaging resources that help kids develop a growth and resilient mindset so they can face life’s challenges with confidence.
Positive Psychology (https://positivepsychology.com/resilience-activities-worksheets/) - This link includes 27 different activities related to building resilience for children and adults. It focuses on activities to help individuals bounce back from struggles and setbacks.
Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) (https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/supporting-individuals-autism-through-uncertain-times) - Free online toolkit designed to help families and caregivers supporting individuals with autism during the COVID-19 epidemic. Their website also has many free trainings and resources for teaching children with Autism available to professionals and parents.
Programs for Younger Students
Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids app (https://www.stopbreathethink.com/kids/) - For children 5 – 10, guided mindfulness exercises that keep kids engaged and addresses emotional regulation and attention.
Go Noodle App (https://www.gonoodle.com/blog/gonoodle-games-movement-app-for-kids/) - Get ready for a brand new way to experience GoNoodle with GoNoodle Games, a free app created to get kids moving at home and on the go!
Books that are helpful for the K-2 children are:
“Wilma Jean the Worry Machine” by Julia Cook (also available on YouTube for viewing, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpAijfP99Ng)
“Dont Be Afraid to Drop” by Julia Cook
In regard to keeping a safe distance from peers, “Personal Space Camp” by Julia Cook
Families should play board games, or card games, and have children lose to assist in learning how to cope. In addition, winning gracefully is another important lesson. Social skills that can be practiced while playing a board game: turn taking, good sportsmanship, following directions and waiting. (https://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/105_parentscanhelpsocial.pdf)
Sesame Street Resilience: (https://www.sesamestreet.org/toolkits/challenges) - Sesame Street characters help to build resilience for younger children through multiple activities, songs, and videos. This provides specific lessons and videos that can be used to foster resilience skills and emotional intelligence for younger children.
Go Noodle - Rainbow Breathing Video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O29e4rRMrV4) - Learn how to raise your energy and face your day with this exercise. Have fun with it!
Cosmic Kids Yoga Videos - guided relaxation, teaching deep breathing techniques, simple yoga techniques: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Keeping a journal WITH your child is a great way to help them express themselves - Drawing pictures, cutting and pasting pictures, have them write and/or have them dictate to you.
Programs for Older Students
Positive Psychology (https://positivepsychology.com/resilience-activities-exercises/) PositivePsychology.com provides 23 resilience training activities that can be used with teens and adults to foster resilience skills. This also provides PowerPoints and resources to teach teens and adults the skills they need to be resilient and bounce back from setbacks. Additionally, it offers a “mental toughness" test and training used by the Army to build mental toughness.
Managing Stress in Teens and Adolescents: A Guide for Parents (https://www.bradleyhospital.org/managing-stress-teens-and-adolescents-guide-parents)
Books to help with anxiety:
15 Books That May Help Students With Anxiety (https://www.weareteachers.com/books-for-kids-with-anxiety/)
What to do when you Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What to Do Guides for Kids). This book guides children and parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of anxiety. Lively metaphors and humorous illustrations make the concepts and strategies easy to understand, while clear how-to steps and prompts to draw and write help children to master new skills related to reducing anxiety. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering kids to overcoming their overgrown worries. Ages 6-12.
What to Do When Mistakes Make You Quake: A Kid’s Guide to Accepting Imperfection (What-to-Do Guides for Kids). This book guides children and their parents through the emotions underlying a fear of making mistakes using strategies and techniques based on cognitive behavioral principles. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to cope with mistakes. Ages 6-12.
Books to help with anger and negative thinking:
What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems with Anger (What-to-Do Guides for Kids). This workbook guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat problems with anger. Engaging examples, lively illustrations, and step-by-step instructions teach children a set of "anger dousing" methods aimed at cooling angry thoughts and controlling angry actions, resulting in calmer, more effective kids. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to work toward change. Ages 6-12.
What to Do When You Grumble Too Much (What-to-Do Guides for Kids). This book guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat negative thinking. Lively metaphors and illustrations help kids see life's hurdles in a new way, while drawing and writing activities help them master skills to get over those hurdles. And stepby-step instructions point the way toward becoming happier, more positive kids. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to work toward change. Ages 6-12.