Full Course Description
Anxiety, ADHD and Anger in the Classroom: 60 Activity-Based Coping Skills to Effectively Manage “Big Feelings”
- Develop strategies for teaching kids coping skills that positively impact academic performance and their ability to maintain relationships.
- Analyze how the nervous system response of “fight, flight or freeze” is connected to stress and communicate how coping skills can be used to shift kids to a more tranquil “rest and digest” response.
- Execute a classroom routine that allows for breaks to benefit both hypo-arousal and hyper-arousal in kids with ADHD.
- Utilize mindfulness and grounding techniques that can be used to help children manage their symptoms of anxiety.
- Employ methods to determine the source of stress and create a plan to eliminate shutting down or acting out.
- Utilize specific movement-based strategies that can effectively intervene in kids’ anger responses.
Coping Skills Overview
- The autonomic nervous system & coping skills
- 4 types of coping skills: calming, physical, distraction and processing
- Coping skills checklist to identify current skills and strengths
- Preventative interventions
Skills and Strategies: Interactive Exercises
Deep Breathing – Beyond “Taking a Deep Breath”
- Props – pinwheels, bubbles, stuffed animals, Hoberman sphere
- Words – to encourage deep breaths, “smell the soup, cool down the soup”, etc.
- Shapes – star breathing, lazy 8 breathing, square breathing, triangle breathing
- Your Body – your hand, whole body movement
Coping Skills for Anxiety/Stress
- Mindfulness Practice – one mindful minute, spiderman mindfulness, audio and visual mindfulness scripts, Grounding Techniques – 54321 grounding, alphabet grounding
- Identifying and taming anxiety – take-home worksheets to help identify anxiety, including a thermometer for anxiety worksheet, “sources of stress” worksheet
Coping Skills for ADHD
- Plan movement and sensory breaks
- The importance of play, hobbies, and having fun: calming jars, fidgets, sand trays, zen gardens
- Coping skills for stress
- Manage stressful times – the importance of play, hobbies, and having fun
- Sensory Ideas – calming jars, fidgets, sand trays, zen gardens
Coping Skills for Anger/Frustration
- Small physical movement activities to manage frustration – squeezing play dough, scribble drawing, bubble wrap, ripping paper
- Big physical movement activities to manage anger – jumping jacks, running, wall push ups, obstacle courses, yoga
- Processing anger – comic strip processing, what I can control vs. what I can’t control worksheet
Practical Implementation Ideas for the Classroom or Office
- Make a coping skills toolkit for your room – fidgets, coping skills cue cards and other visuals to help, include distraction coping skills like word searches, hidden pictures. etc
- Creating a calm down spot/calm down room – identify a good spot, create an area that is peaceful and relaxing, include the coping skills toolkit
- Practice your own coping skills – mindfulness and self-care worksheet
Coping Skills for Kids and Tweens: How to Manage Big Feelings in an Uncertain Time and Beyond
- Determine how the pandemic has impacted students socially and emotionally and integrate strategies for better focus.
- Apply coping skills for kids to try either at home or school to implement safe ways to express anger.
- Develop students' relaxation and coping skills to manage anxiety.
Anxiety, Stress, and Anger in a Pandemic
- Explore how the pandemic has impacted the social and emotional lives of our children
- Why Social Emotional Learning is important now more than ever
- How our needs and windows of tolerance have changed
Coping Skills for Anxiety
Coping Skills for Stress
- Deep Breathing Ideas
- Mindfulness Strategies
- Relaxation/Calming Activities for Kids
- Scheduling to reduce stress
- The importance of play and downtime
- Using your senses to manage stress
Coping Skills for Anger/Frustration
- Understand that anger is often just the tip of the iceberg - a lot of feelings hide beneath
- Safe ways to express anger with movement
- Setting up individual calm down kits for kids