Imagine oneself as a mountain as a method of grounding in the face of mental events like emotions.
Facilitate one of the following activities with the child and their parent or caregiver to improve attachment and attunement in the relationship
Calming Corners can be an effective alternative to time-outs when kids are having a hard time. Work with the parent and child together to choose a spot in the house where the child can go whenever they need it: maybe a closet, a corner in a quiet room, or in a play tent. Involve the child in adding preferred activities and calming tools to the space, for example:
This is a guided walking meditation.
This is a guided imagery for relaxation and self soothe.
This is a guided meditation activity that can help clients identify feelings and physical sensations of feelings intheir bodies.
This intervention is useful for helping children more tangibly understand how they display or hide feelings from others in their life. This can be a helpful intervention to gather information and reflect what can be worked on in the therapy setting.
This is an intervention that can be used to hep with identification of emotions / thoughts, cognitive challenging / reframing, instillation of hope, and empowerment.
“Containment is a powerful skill for all of us. Containment allows us to give our nervous systems a break from distress and choose what and when we want to think about certain things.”
This is an activity that helps child understand the basic premise of cognitive coping skills (challenging, refocusing) in order to decide what is important and in their control and what they can let go of in situations. This is a great activity to begin problem solving and autonomous decision making skills.