• Coping Skills,  DIY

    Kids’ Wall Art Ideas that Develop Coping Skills & Fight Anxiety

    Could we turn our kids’ wall art into a powerful resource to develop coping skills? When you help your kids prepare a noticeboard for their bedroom, you may think you are just helping them brighten up their room. But kid’s wall art may also be the right vehicle to help them build their confidence and resilience. Benefits of An Inspirational Kids’ Wall Art Our kids’ wall art can be a lot more than nice décor or a super fun family activity. A “Wall of Happiness” (that´s the name my daughter chose for her special board) can be a tool that helps our kids: Boost their confidence Cope with worries and…

  • Coping Skills

    How To Help A Child With Anxiety: 40+ Activities & Tips

    How can you help your child with anxiety? Anxiety is an adaptive emotion. Anxiety is an alarm system in our body that anticipates threats. But anxiety becomes a problem when our body alarm is triggered too often, responds to harmless everyday situations or when the response is so intense that it affects how we function. There are a good number of strategies and activities that will help our kids with anxiety. 40+ TIPS & ACTIVITIES TO HELP A CHILD WITH ANXIETY (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…

  • Coping Skills

    Positive Affirmations for Kids: A Powerful Tool for Self-Esteem & Positive Mindset

    Can I boost my kids’ self-esteem and confidence by them practicing positive affirmations? There is an undeniable attractiveness to the “positive affirmations” concept. The possibility of being able to rewire your brain so that you overwrite negative thoughts and turn them into positive self-talk is a powerful proposition. There is however controversy about how effective positive affirmations really are. Plenty of research backs the effectiveness of this self-esteem boosting tool. But, as always in research, there are a number of factors that influence the outcome. Table of Contents What are Positive Affirmations Benefits of Affirmations Can Positive Self-Statements Backfire? How Does Positive Self-Talk Work How to Practice Positive Affirmations Positive Affirmations…

  • Special Needs

    Life Skills Training: Autism & Independent Living Skills

    During the last 20 years, a variety of terms have been coined to describe those life skills that allow individuals to self-care and function independently in society. Amongst these terms, you will find independent living skills, daily living skills, functional curriculum, functional skills, life skills and survival skills. Although they may not describe the exact same set of skills, they all describe sets of skills that empower us to become independent adults successfully functioning in our communities. Kids learn many of those skills through observation and imitation. But the reality for children with disabilities (cognitive, developmental, physical, sensory) may be different. Life skills training is vital for them.  Skills that…

  • Coping Skills

    DIY Sensory Bottles: “Ocean Magic” Easy Hand Wash Recipe

    We finally started our DIY Sensory Bottle project! And we love it! Preparing a Calm Down Jar is a great arts & crafts family activity. And even better, they are amazing calming tools for anxious or angry kids. To be honest, I´m not artsy-crafty (I´m actually quite bad at it!). But sensory bottles are so easy to make that even a 5-year-old could do it without too much help (at least some of the safest recipes) What is a Sensory Bottle or Calm Down Jar? A sensory bottle (or a Calm Down Jar) is a bottle or jar container usually filled with a liquid solution where different materials can float…

  • Coping Skills,  Resources

    30 Anger Management Activities for Kids: How to Help an Angry Kid

    Finding anger management activities for kids that work well is essential when your child (or one of your students) has anger management problems. This post is for you if you have been asking yourself some of these questions: How do I teach my child to control his anger? What activities could teach him/her some coping skills for anger? How do I deal with an angry student? My 10-year-old son has special needs. He has been struggling with his feelings of frustration and anger triggered by our relocation to a new country. We work on anger management and coping skills at home regularly. We are not new to this, but we…

  • Coping Skills

    Anger Triggers in Kids: Helping your Child Identify & Deal With Anger Triggers

    Post Preview: Anger triggers in kids and the importance of helping them identify those triggers and learn how to deal with them appropriately. Anger triggers worksheet for kids (free download at the end of the post) Being able to identify anger triggers in kids is an important step in your anger management strategy as you will be able to: Avoid some anger-triggering situations, and consequently, prevent the anger outburst Help your kids identify those situations so that: They understand the reasons behind their discomfort – understanding their feelings makes coping with those feelings easier They can look for help at the initial stages before things have turned into a full-blown…

  • Special Needs

    Sensory Gift Ideas for Autistic Kids and Sensory Seekers / Avoiders

    Are you a Mom or a Dad to a kid with sensory processing issues? It´s great to have a list of sensory gift ideas that you can check each time a big celebration is coming: birthdays, graduations, Valentine’s day or Christmas. I wrote the list below when I started my “hunt” for Christmas gifts that could provide my son with a nice dose of sensory stimulation. But they can be a source of inspiration all year round. So, if you are also looking for sensory gifts, keep on reading. It was actually quite fun. I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a number of fun and cool gifts that could…

  • 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

    Looking for the best GPS tracker for your kid with autism? 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…