• Coping Skills

    Anger Management for Kids: 36 Tips to Help Kids Develop Coping Skills

    Post Preview: Anger Management for Kids: A comprehensive review of strategies and advice to help kids develop anger management skills. Being a parent is never an easy task. And our parenting job gets even harder when kids struggle with challenging behavior, anger issues, lack of impulse control or underdeveloped coping skills. The underlying reasons may be varied, but there are a number of strategies that can help our children develop coping skills, improve behavior and appropriately express their anger. (Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and…

  • Special Needs

    Autism GPS Tracker: How to Choose the Best GPS Tracker for your Kid

    Research suggests that 49% of kids with ASD engage in elopement behavior at least once after the age of 4 (Interactive Autism Network).  A GPS tracker for kids may be one of the best ways to keep your child safe. But as a parent of a kid with special needs, you must know that not all the options out there will work for you. A GPS tracker for kids with autism must have some special features. Are worried about your child wandering off?  Are you afraid one morning you will wake up and find out that your kid has left the house? If you are the parent to an autistic…

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    Anxiety Games, Toys and Books: 12 Super Fun Ways to Help an Anxious Child

    Are you wondering how you can help your anxious child? And, could we turn such a serious task into something fun and engaging?  Anxiety toys (that are NOT fidget toys!), and anxiety games and books are fun resources to help kids learn coping strategies and skills. There are a number of tools and resources that can help parents, teachers and therapists work on anxiety issues, worries and coping skills development. And the good news is, it doesn’t need to be an overwhelming or daunting task. I am a big fan of making skills development and home intervention really fun. Basically, this is because if we want to really engage our…

  • Special Needs

    Anxiety and Autism: Triggers and Calming Strategies to Help your Autistic Kid

    Anxiety and lack of stress management skills are a concern in autistic kids. In the clinical setting, anxiety-related concerns are some of the most common problems for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Some of the reasons often attributed to these increased anxiety levels in children with ASD are:  difficulties understanding: social situations and expectations social communication difficulties dealing with new situations- as they are not clear how these situations work, what rules apply and they don’t have a clear routine in place sensory issues a need for longer times to process information, which may not be the case in their everyday interactions. Anxiety may worsen during adolescence…

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    How to Build Confidence in Kids: Self-Esteem Activities for Kids & Teens

    Have you been wondering how to build confidence and positive self-esteem in your kids? There are lots of easy ways for parents and educators to help children boost their confidence. There are also plenty of self-esteem activities for kids and teens that are fun and engaging.   Building positive self-esteem and confidence is important to the child and teen development. It helps them become more emotionally resilient and cope better with stress and life challenges.  But, how can we build confidence in our kids? Self-esteem activities for kids can help us with this task. But, in order to identify the best way to help your child/teen (or student), it is important…

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    Yoga for Kids: Tips for Beginners, Books, Benefits and Other Resources

    Are you running out of ideas for fun, interesting and beneficial activities for kids? You may need to consider all the benefits of yoga for kids. If you are looking for some tips on how to start teaching yoga to your kids, recommendations of beautiful yoga books that will get them excited or just want to know a bit more about yoga benefits, this post is for you. Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices that originated in ancient India. In the Eighties, it became very popular as a system of physical exercise in the Western world. Nowadays, it is widely recognized that its benefits go far beyond…

  • Special Needs

    A Sensory Gifts Christmas List: Super Cool Gift Ideas for Sensory Seekers and Avoiders

    Are you a Mom or a Dad to a kid with sensory processing issues? I´ve just started my “hunt” for Christmas gifts that can provide my son with a nice dose of sensory stimulation. So, if you are also looking for sensory gifts, keep on reading. It´s actually been quite fun. I´ve been pleasantly surprised to find quite a number of fun and cool gifts that may make it under our Christmas tree this year. I´ve prepared a long Sensory Gifts Christmas List with all the “runner-ups”. And I have also added a few of the presents that have been real “hits” for us in the past (just in case…

  • Coping Skills

    Anger Games: 14 Super Fun Ways to Learn Anger Management Skills

    Anger is a topic I´ve touched upon in several of my posts. I´ve shared with you a comprehensive review of the best tips for anger management with kids, a selection of anger management activities, and printables to help recognize the signs of anger. But, is there a better way to build coping skills and emotional self-regulation than through play? Anger games are a great way to turn a really serious topic into an enjoyable activity. So, let’s take a look at some anger management games for kids that we could include in our coping skills toolbox. In this post we´ll read: Why play is important when learning a new skill…

  • Special Needs

    Autism & Head Banging: How to Prevent it / Minimize Harm

    Kids with autism or special needs may show a wide range of challenging behaviors such as property destruction, physical aggression towards others and, quite often too, self-injurious behavior. One of the most worrying self-injurious behaviors (SIB) for parents is head banging. Head banging, hitting the head with a fist, banging the head on the wall or floor are all different manifestations of the same behavior. For us parents it is an extremely overwhelming situation: fears of brain damage and for their general health and safety frustration over our inability at times to understand what is going on helplessness over our failed attempts to help them doubts about whether our actions…

  • Coping Skills

    Emotions Chart: How to Use a Feelings Thermometer Effectively

    Have you considered using an emotions chart or a feelings thermometer to teach your child about emotions? Being able to identify, label, express and manage feelings play a crucial role in children’s social and emotional development. Understanding how people feel, they are able to respond appropriately and engage in meaningful relationships. And when they are able to express their feelings, us parents can guide them or help them to solve problems or develop coping skills. Some kids find it difficult to identify, label or express feelings. And this is when tools like an emotions chart or a feelings thermometer become very useful allies in our parenting job. (Disclosure: We are…