Mindfulness & Movement Videos for Kids

This year in Bend, it seems as if winter will last forever. It’s March and the days are getting longer but the snow keeps sticking around, becoming ice chunks or slush puddles and far less fun to play in than fluffy stuff! It can be challenging to get outdoors as often as we’d hope inContinue reading “Mindfulness & Movement Videos for Kids”

Creating Safety, Pt III: Building a Special Place

I’ve been excited about writing this post since beginning this series on Creating Safety and glad to finally dive into one of my favorite topics: the impact physical spaces have on our emotional wellbeing and ability to self-regulate. Such calming spaces are an important element of a child’s emotional “Safety Plan”, and can be bothContinue reading “Creating Safety, Pt III: Building a Special Place”

Creating Safety, Pt II: The Power of Rupture-Repair

Life will pull us in all sorts of directions… …A bad night sleep….         … Traffic on the way to work….                 …A sick kiddo….                         …The next breaking news story. Even our adultContinue reading “Creating Safety, Pt II: The Power of Rupture-Repair”

Creating Safety, Pt I: Knowing our Triggers

A common concern families often bring to therapy is around what to do when their child hits a roadblock. What exactly this roadblock, stuck place, shutdown or meltdown look like depends greatly on your unique child’s temperament, life experience and developmental stage. Given this, there is no one-size fits all approach to supporting your childContinue reading “Creating Safety, Pt I: Knowing our Triggers”

A Tool to Ease Worries

I had the honor recently of contributing to the blog of an inspiring company, Slumberkins, co-founded by a therapist colleague whom I met in graduate school and worked alongside in school-based mental health for a number of years. Her dream was to create a cuddly creature that supports children in building a variety of skillsContinue reading “A Tool to Ease Worries”