• 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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

    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…

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    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…