Emotion Coaching with Dr. Anna Campbell, R.Psych.
The Coping Toolbox, a Child Psych Podcast
by Drs. Jennifer Vriend, Laila Din Osmun, and Mary Simmering McDonald
2w ago
In this episode, Dr. Jenn is joined by Dr. Anna Campbell, a Registered Clinical Psychologist from Nova Scotia. Dr. Campbell describes what emotion coaching is, and how and when to use it. This episode describes emotions as valuable information, outlines that all emotions are okay, and highlights that emotions offer an important opportunity for connection with our kids, particularly when they are validated. Resources: Gottman Institute Website- Online Course on Emotion Coaching: https://www.gottman.com/product/emotion-coaching-the-heart-of-parenting-online/ Mental Health Foundations Website: w ..read more
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Early Signs of Autism in Young Children
The Coping Toolbox, a Child Psych Podcast
by Drs. Jennifer Vriend, Laila Din Osmun, and Mary Simmering McDonald
3M ago
In this episode Drs. Jenn and Mary discuss some of the early signs of autism in young children. We discuss typical developmental milestones and what might be some indicators of differences in development. Symptoms related to language and communication, social relationships and emotional responses, as well as sensory processing and interests are explored. Drs. Jenn and Mary explore what to do if you have concerns and the role of early intervention. We emphasize that a diagnosis is not based on one symptom but rather a constellation of symptoms, and that that kids with autistic brain styles are ..read more
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Test Anxiety
The Coping Toolbox, a Child Psych Podcast
by Drs. Jennifer Vriend, Laila Din Osmun, and Mary Simmering McDonald
4M ago
In this episode, Drs. Laila, Mary, and Jenn examine test anxiety. They discuss why we experience test anxiety and practical tips for before and during tests. Ideas for challenging worry thoughts and suggestions for positive self talk are explored. They describe focusing on healthy striving rather than perfectionism and the role parents can play in helping children and adolescents to achieve success.  Resources: Anxiety Canada: https://www.anxietycanada.com/sites/default/files/Test_Anxiety_Booklet.pdf Here to Help: https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/workbook/test-anxiety ..read more
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Grief and the Holidays with Joanne Doucette, RSW
The Coping Toolbox, a Child Psych Podcast
by Drs. Jennifer Vriend, Laila Din Osmun, and Mary Simmering McDonald
7M ago
In this episode, Dr. Jenn is joined once again by Joanne Doucette, Registered Social Worker to examine ideas to help navigate the holiday season while you are experiencing grief. They discuss various emotions which are commonly experienced and how to manage some of those big emotions. Joanne outlines a script for how to say “no” when it is in your best interest.  They describe the importance of identifying your needs and the value of self-compassion. Resources: 1) https://kidsgrief.ca 2) https://www.dougy.org 3) https://grief.com 4) Sign up for Joanne’s monthly newsletter for further grie ..read more
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Coping with Separation Anxiety in Children
The Coping Toolbox, a Child Psych Podcast
by Drs. Jennifer Vriend, Laila Din Osmun, and Mary Simmering McDonald
9M ago
In this episode, Drs. Laila, Mary, and Jenn discuss separation anxiety and how it affects children and their caregivers. Common symptoms are discussed, and they explore ideas to help cope with the challenges associated with separation anxiety. Resources: 1) https://www.anxietycanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Separation-Anxiety-Doc-FINAL-2.pdf 2) https://www.anxietycanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/hm_Separation.pdf ..read more
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Perfectionism with Dr. Simon Sherry, RPsych
The Coping Toolbox, a Child Psych Podcast
by Drs. Jennifer Vriend, Laila Din Osmun, and Mary Simmering McDonald
10M ago
In this episode, Dr. Jenn interviews Dr. Simon Sherry. Dr. Sherry is a Professor at Dalhousie University and an internationally recognized expert in perfectionism. During this episode, Dr. Sherry describes types of perfectionism and the role of genetics, parenting and social media as possible contributors. They explore mental health issues related to perfectionism such as depression and eating disorders. Dr. Sherry discusses ideas for managing perfectionism, including reframing failures and challenges as learning opportunities.  Resources: 1) Young People Drowning in a Rising Ti ..read more
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The Adolescent Brain
The Coping Toolbox, a Child Psych Podcast
by Drs. Jennifer Vriend, Laila Din Osmun, and Mary Simmering McDonald
1y ago
In this episode, Drs. Jenn and Mary explore changes that take place in the adolescent brain, including how rewiring fine tunes the brain. This process starts at the back of the brain and moves to the front, resulting in adolescents making decisions that are more heavily influenced by instincts and emotions. We discuss that the increased desire to socialize with peers as well as the increase in risk-taking behaviour are adaptive and biologically driven. We provide tips to help adolescents and caregivers with managing some of the challenges that take place and highlight positive factors associat ..read more
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Helping Your Anxious Child Use Intentional Practice with Dr. Dawn Huebner
The Coping Toolbox, a Child Psych Podcast
by Drs. Jennifer Vriend, Laila Din Osmun, and Mary Simmering McDonald
1y ago
In this episode, Dr. Laila interviews world-renowned child psychologist, parent coach and award-winning author, Dr. Dawn Huebner. They discuss the importance of intentional practice in the treatment of childhood anxiety disorders and how parents can help their children take on right-sized, progressive challenges when facing fears. Resources:  1. Dr. Huebner’s Website & Books, including Dr. Dawn's Mini Books About Mighty Fears: https://www.dawnhuebnerphd.com/books-by-dawn/ 2. Dr. Huebner’s TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jryCoo0BrRk ..read more
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Healthy Relationships
The Coping Toolbox, a Child Psych Podcast
by Drs. Jennifer Vriend, Laila Din Osmun, and Mary Simmering McDonald
1y ago
In this episode, Drs. Mary, Jenn, and Laila discuss qualities that are frequently observed as part of healthy relationships. Listeners are encouraged to observe what qualities they notice in their present relationships. Qualities discussed include having a sense of acceptance, respect for boundaries, a sense of independence, feeling supported, reciprocity and balance, and having fun.   Resources:   1. PREVNet's Healthy Relationships Tool: https://www.prevnet.ca/resources/healthy-relationships-tool   2. Dr. Nadine Thornhill's YouTube video (Sexual Violence Prevention & Suppor ..read more
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Building Resilience in Children & Teens
The Coping Toolbox, a Child Psych Podcast
by Drs. Jennifer Vriend, Laila Din Osmun, and Mary Simmering McDonald
1y ago
In this episode, Drs. Jenn, Laila and Mary discuss how parents can help their children and teens build resilience. Topics covered include the importance of modelling resilience, optimism, self-compassion and self-care, routines, and supporting children during difficult situations. Resources: The Resilience Workbook for Kids: Fun CBT Activities to Help You Bounce Back from Stress and Grow from Challenges by Caren Baruch-Feldman et al. The Grit Workbook for Kids: CBT Skills to Help Kids Cultivate a Growth Mindset and Build Resilience by Elisa Nebolsine et al. The Resilience Workbook for Tee ..read more
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