Coaching Children's Resilience, Emotions, and Manage StressA holistic approach to helping kids through tough transitions
From Children’s physical Health to emotional, mental, and spiritual health, Dr. Caron Goode has captured the essence of HeartWise® parenting. I continue to benefit, and never stop learning from her applied methods for helping children cope and thrive. Dr. Goode has raised the standard of inspired parenting to a level we can all aspire to and achieve.
Becky Kapsalis, ACPI Parent Coach, columnist, freelance writer, Parent Talk and Connection Parenting Facilitator.Becky Kapsalis
Coaching Children's Resilience
Stress makes children feel unsafe. Children who feel safe are naturally resilient and are more likely to look for positive ways to resolve problems. They are less prone to look to violence as a solution. This has immediate local as well as worldwide implications.
It is up to us to help our children lovingly and effectively grow into resilient people. This course provides answers for parents, caregivers, teachers, and therapists by suggesting simple, easily-used techniques that will have an immediate and long-term impact in reducing the effects of stress.
This Course tells you how to assist children to feel safe and confident through building children’s resilience & self regulations skills with the step-by-step holistic approach. Our intention is that children strengthen their internal resources with your coaching.
- Learn how children’s resilience occurs through coping skill development.
- Understand the solutions include self-regulation strategies for the whole child—physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and spiritually.
- Learn how the brain and body connect as one dynamic energy system for self-regulation..
- Learn to empower resilient children to strengthen their internal resources.
- Learn new strategies for coping and thriving.
Text For The Course
The authors present four solutions-(1) stress integration through a healthy lifestyle, (2) rejuvenation techniques like breathing, (3) cognitive approaches like storytelling, and (4) emotional approaches like bonding. . Help Kids Cope tells you how to assist children to feel safe and grow into resilient, confident adults.
Excellent resource for parents
By T. Brandhorst, Chicago, IL
This is a fascinating and unique book aimed at parents and caregivers. It's not just for parents of stressed-out kids or those who have expeerienced trauma--it's for every parent and really for every child. The book has two main topics--the physical effects of touch and breathing technique, and the mental effects of storytelling and imagery. the authors show in great detail how to think about and how to implement their suggestions. I've read a lot of parenting books--my bookshelves are full of them--but I've never read anything as useful and interesting as this book.
Great book for parents and professionals!
By David Palmer, Long Beach, CA
This book should be required reading for counselors and other professionals who work with kids. This book offers a clearly written, step by step guide on how to use powerful therapeutic techniques to help kids deal with stress and stressful situations. As a psychologist who works with children going through divorce, family conflicts, school anxiety, and other stressful events I've used many of the techniques suggested here. It's really amazing to see the results when a child (or adult) is able to finally let go of some of the stress/tension they are experiencing and be able to move on to problem solving and learning coping skills. I've also used some of these techniques - such as full wave breathing and guided imagery - with large groups and even whole classrooms of kids. The book also contains some great illustrations that will help you understand and master the stress reduction techniques described. Highly recommended.
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." – Charles Darwin
Module One – Recognize and Source the Child’s Distress
Stress has a spectrum of five stages, and you can visibly observe each stage, one escalating to another. By the time you see stress symptoms in a child at home, school, day care center, camp, or at a sports event, you are observing the signals of an internal struggle that has been going on for some time.
The key point is that low-key chronic stress slowly erodes the child's energy and causes a foggy mind. This changes the brain’s ability to cope, and then contributes to illness, weight gain, low immune system, and behavioral issues.
We can contain the stress and help parents, children and families renew the vitality of the mind and body on a daily basis. Treating the behavioral symptoms alone is ineffective. The answer is found through finding and resolving the cause as much as possible. Pending that cannot be done, then building resilience and problem solving skills is where coaching fills in the gaps.
Module 2 - Caring for the Whole Child
Caring for the whole child considers the physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental needs of our children to cope with stress in the best way for their temperament. You learn how to coach children through fears according to their temperament. Children in different age clusters have several basic needs in common. When we meet these requirements, children can cope with adversity from an inner strength and develop the ability for quick thinking and action. Children’s needs fall into five categories: Physical, Emotional, Mental, Social, and Spiritual.
Module 3 – Full-Wave Breathing
Helping children cope through Dr. Goode's full-wave breathing approach has immediate results. Conscious, effective breathing is the fundamental cornerstone for resilience and to shifting emotions, as many athletes will attest.
On the other hand, acting out, bad moods, hurt feelings and other emotional states can significantly alter your breathing or that of a child. You coach a child how to feel better by demonstrating breathing and noticing how the body responds, you can choose to breathe differently and gain control over your emotional responses.
- Fear and anxiety - tendency to hold breath
- Stressed out - breathe shallowly from upper chest - causing more stress.
- Anger, raging - heavy or labored breathing, also shallow.
- Finally, a deep sadness or chronic depression can stifle breathing completely.
Module 4 – Storytelling
Storytelling is an age-old tradition in cultures worldwide. We can listen, share, dramatize, and immortalize good stories for the healing effect they have on our psyches. This module explains how to use different forms of storytelling for helping children cope with the variety of symptoms along the stress continuum. Stories help children meet both dramatic and everyday challenges in their lives. This module provides you with basic knowledge of how storytelling works and a few guidelines for having fun with storytelling.
Module 5 – Connecting Touch and Acupressure
“Connecting” and “integrating” are words that describe children’s ability to regulate their feelings, which is the foundation of coping skills. This course is about how connecting takes place and how it facilitates children’s coping skills through the incredible resources of the brain and the body.