Supporting Students Who Are Worried and Anxious: Practical Tools for the Classroom
As students and teachers prepare for the upcoming school year, school communities will be adjusting to significant anxiety, stress, and trauma experiences. Here to discuss how teachers, parents/caregivers, and students can learn to identify and respond to anxiety symptoms and provide strategies to help combat stress in students is Dr. John Piacentini from the http://carescenter.ucla.edu.
Recorded on: 7/30/2020
- Identify the common symptoms of anxiety in students
- Define specific worries students have returning to school this year
- Apply different tools to combat stress and anxiety in students
Educator Support for Students During a Pandemic
Supporting students during the COVID-19 outbreak will promote a smooth transition to home-based learning. Review this collection to learn about ways to support students remotely during the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
How Can I Help My Child Cope with Back-to-School Anxiety?
While starting a new school year can make kids nervous; the COVID-19 pandemic and adjusting to virtual learning make it especially challenging. When kids feel anxious about going back, it’s essential to talk with them and support them.
UCLA Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support (CARES)
The UCLA Center for Anxiety Resilience Education and Support (CARES) is dedicated to reducing the burden of childhood anxiety and enhancing family and community resilience. The CARES website provides information about the prevention and early intervention of childhood anxiety as well as evidence-based skills and strategies for managing anxiety.
The Butterfly Breath printable provides a guide and rhythm to help children regulate their breathing. Use this handout with children as a teaching and practice tool in order to help them reduce their stress, shift their mood, and prepare them to engage in classroom activities, sports, and social interactions.
Soothing with Our Senses
Students may experience stressful situations throughout the school day. Soothing with Our Senses is a helpful worksheet that focuses students' attention on sensory awareness coping skills. Use this handout to guide your students to use their senses to calm themselves when they are experiencing tough emotions.
Supporting Students in Distress: The Importance of Psychological First Aid (PFA)
We have been hearing from teachers about how impossible it has been trying to teach students during this time, when our world has been turned upside down dealing with COVID-19. Here to share helpful communication tips educators can use during this time is Pamela Vona, MPH, MA, Director of the Center for Safe and Resilience Schools and Workplaces. Recorded on: 4/7/2020
Trauma: Learning in a Pandemic
As educators, we know that maintaining a trauma and resilience informed lens means highlighting our student's strengths and honoring their experiences of stress and trauma. We also all know it doesn't always come easy; it takes practice and consistency. Joining us in our conversation on the importance of adopting a trauma and resilience informed lens in education is Melissa Spiegelman, MAEd, Nationally Certified STEM Educator. Recorded on: 4/21/2020
Preparing to Reopen: Listening, Partnering, and Breathing
Note: This interview includes a prologue to address racial realities in America (recorded date: June 12, 2020). COVID-19 has upended all of our lives in the last few months. Within the last few weeks, the publicized deaths of Black cis and trans women and men across the country have left our school communities traumatized and grieving. The COVID-19 pandemic has radically transformed the delivery of K through 12 education, leaving school staff facing several uncertainties. Dr. Laurel Bear joins to discuss the emotional wellbeing of students, ...
5 Ways to Help Kids Manage Anxiety During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Anxiety thrives on uncertainty. These are uncertain times. We can expect our children to feel more than the usual amount of anxiety due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Feeling Thermometer is an emotion regulation tool, designed to support a shared language to communicate levels of comfortability. The Feeling Thermometer uses colors and numbers ranging from comfortable feelings to uncomfortable feelings. Use this Feeling Thermometer as a quick and easy way to check in with one another.
Using the Feeling Thermometer in the Classroom
Being aware and open about feelings in the classroom allows students to grow and develop essential life skills, such as honesty and self-reflection. Watch this video demonstration to learn more about the Feeling Thermometer.
Using Grounding Techniques in the Classroom
Sometimes students need a reset from their feelings in order to better learn and focus. Watch this video to learn more about grounding techniques centered around the five senses.
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Shifting Perspectives: Adopting a Trauma & Resilience Informed Lens
Employing a trauma and resilience informed lens in your work requires practice. Take this course and learn alongside fictional county employees as they adopt and practice the core principles of trauma and resilience informed care to improve their interactions with the people around them in the “real world.” Consider how applying the skills taught in this video can enhance your current work practices.
Foundations for Building Family Resilience
FOCUS (Families Over Coming Under Stress) is used to teach strategies for building resilience in families, within the context of each family's story and goals. Use the FOCUS techniques to help the families you work with to stay strong and support one another during times of stress or transition.
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