Shifting Thinking: Helping Children Develop Executive Functioning Skills
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by Louise Burridge
3w ago
Do you find yourself repeating requests over and over again in a desperate attempt to get your child to get ready for school, to clean their room, or to start their homework? Do your children wait for you to “lose it” before they do what you ask? Is your child chronically disorganized, messy or just seems to lose everything? Does your child struggle to pay attention, procrastinate starting a task, and seem to need your help with routine tasks? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, your child may be having difficulties with executive functioning skills. The good news is help is ava ..read more
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Day 16: Breathe
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by Louise Burridge
3w ago
Sixteen days ago we started these daily posts to help children, families, and educators prepare for their return to school during this uncertain year. We know people are anxious. We anticipate that the transition back to school is going to be stressful. We also know that there are gifted educators across this province that care deeply for our children and that they are working diligently to keep them safe. So on this last day of new content…our advice is simple…we simply want to encourage everyone to breathe. It is actually interesting to note that when you take a deep breath in, you heart act ..read more
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Day 15: Creating Your Own Calming Kit
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by Louise Burridge
3w ago
When we see a child in distress, our natural inclination is to promptly reassure the child and remove the stressors. However, this can actually do more harm than good. One of the best things we can do for our children and youth when they are worried is to help them learn to talk about their feelings, help them learn to understand their anxiety, and most importantly, help them learn how to manage it. Using this approach, typically a child’s worries will decrease over time and they will develop increased self-competence. While there are many strategies to help children manage their anxieties, on ..read more
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Day 14: Addressing Children’s Fear of Returning to School
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by Louise Burridge
3w ago
Over the past few weeks, you have been speaking to your children about the upcoming school year and what it might look like. Yet, there are still many unknowns and, just like adults, these unknowns are making your children fearful. Anxious feelings are normal and expected in children and teens returning to school during a typical year – let alone during a pandemic. The following 8 tips are designed to help you ease child’s fears as they prepare to return to school this fall. The post Day 14: Addressing Children’s Fear of Returning to School appeared first on OuTcomes Therapy ..read more
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Day 13: Smooth Transitions
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by Louise Burridge
3w ago
While we have been out of school for months, it still feels as though summer holidays are coming to an end far too quickly. Before we know it, school busses will be zooming through our neighbourhoods and children with backpacks will be bouncing into our neighbourhood schools. In a typical year, the back to school season can be stressful for many children. Enter COVID-19, and anxiety levels are through the roof. While we won’t reduce all of our worries, taking a few concrete steps to familiarize your child to his or her new situation can be extraordinarily helpful. Below are 15 steps that striv ..read more
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Day 12: Intentional Creativity
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by Louise Burridge
3w ago
Do you find yourself craving a little creativity in your life? Turns out tapping into that creative energy improves your overall health. It might sound too good to be true, but simply engaging in creative behaviours has been shown to improve brain function, enhance mental health, and optimize physical health. How can you get started? Although families have hectic lives, there are a myriad of ways to bring the creative process into everyday activities in order to get your kids to flex their creative muscles and think outside the box. Being silly and playful with with your children is a great st ..read more
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Day 11: Empowering Playlists
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by Louise Burridge
3w ago
Music helps improve your mood, can enhance self-esteem and helps regulate behavior. What songs do you listen to in order to change your mood? Introducing our OuTcomes Therapy Empowering Music List for Youth & Adults. The focus of this list is on resilience and positivity. We hope that you enjoy it. We would also love to add this list. Please share your favourite uplifting songs in the comments section below. #NowPlaying The post Day 11: Empowering Playlists appeared first on OuTcomes Therapy ..read more
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Day 10: Regulating Screen Time Use
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by Louise Burridge
3w ago
Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen a group (family or friends) out to dinner, table silent, each person looking down, scrolling through content on a handheld screen. Now raise your hand if you’ve ever been a member of such a group with either family or friends. Yeah… me too… and I’m not exactly proud of it. It all started when the first television set popped up inside our living rooms. Next came the video game. Pretty soon, we had cable TV and VCRs. Enter the age of personal computers. Internet. DVRs. Wireless connections. iPhones. Android. iPads. A screen in every pocket. It’s amazing how fa ..read more
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Day 9: Gratitude
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by Louise Burridge
3w ago
Did you know that giving thanks can make both you and your children happier? Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. It has also been shown to help people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their mental and physical health, deal with adversity, change their thinking patterns, and build strong relationships. It has literally been shown to change the brain! For children, studies show that gratitude can be a very powerful tool, with lots of benefits to both mental and physical health. Something we may wish to pay attention to during a g ..read more
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Shifting Thinking: Helping Children Develop Executive Functioning Skills
OuTcomes Therapy
by Louise Burridge
3M ago
Do you find yourself repeating requests over and over again in a desperate attempt to get your child to get ready for school, to clean their room, or to start their homework? Do your children wait for you to “lose it” before they do what you ask? Is your child chronically disorganized, messy or just seems to lose everything? Does your child struggle to pay attention, procrastinate starting a task, and seem to need your help with routine tasks? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, your child may be having difficulties with executive functioning skills. The good news is help is ava ..read more
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