Inhale…Exhale: Deep Breathing Techniques for Children

“Take a deep breath”.  How often have we heard this directive when we are worked up or anxious? Many of us can agree that the answer is “often.“  But why? How does it help? Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system.  The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for the rest and digest process in the body. Control of the breath activates the parasympathetic system which activates the resting processes in the body.  This allows the body to begin to come into a state of calm. Because of this, deep breathing is effective in assisting emotional regulation. This is true for all ages. Teaching children how to utilize their breath to regulate their emotions and body sensations promotes a lifelong skill. 
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Categories: Blog, General Information, Preschoolers, and School Aged Kids.

Helping Children Heal: A Closer Look at Trauma Informed Parenting

Many individuals are actively parenting and caring for children who have survived some form of trauma. The experience can bring up a variety of emotions for everyone involved. These emotions can range from anger and frustration to overwhelming sadness. What can a parent or caregiver do to help their child(ren) and themselves? One avenue that parents and caregivers are exploring is trauma informed parenting.
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Categories: Adolescents, Blog, General Information, Preschoolers, and School Aged Kids.

Because Play is the Language of Children

Many therapists that work with children, and sometimes adolescents, use play therapy or play therapy techniques in their practice. To those outside of the mental health community the thought of playing games with a child as part of therapy may seem simplistic or of little therapeutic value. Public perception of therapy is narrow: a person meets with the therapist, talking ensues, and the issue is eventually resolved. This is simply not reality, especially when working with children. To work effectively with someone a therapist must meet a client where they are at and speak their language. For children their language
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Categories: Blog, Preschoolers, and School Aged Kids.