This is a very easy to make breathing companion. See below for a list of materials and written instructions.
To help us stay connected with our lovely members and to offer strategies to help with stress and anxiety we're posting videos weekly. The first one is about breathing and the second is about calming down. We hope you enjoy them.
Feel Good Too
As many of you know this pprogramme includes various touch therapies such as Reflexology and The Bowen Technique which we will not be able to offer for some time. We can, however, offer 1-1 coaching, counselling, creative, play and IEMT to anyone 18 and under from Rochdale.
We genuinely want to know how you are getting on at this time and we want to offer whatever support we can. Please take the survey below and get in touch if there's anything we can do - even if it's just for a chat.
The survey is aimed at children so we're hoping parents and care-givers can support them to do it - it anly takes a couple of minutes. Thank you!
We know that many of the children and young people that were accessing our service in person experienced high levels of anxiety. We want to be able to continue to support those children and young people remotely through this blog and Facebook. If any of you would like to speak to us just use our contact form and we can arrange a call.
In the absence of personal contact we will keep posting helpful resources. The workbook below is all about recognising emotions and identifying where and when they emerge. Developing this ability makes a huge difference to how resilient young people are. This resource comes from a website called Help 4 Hurting Kids and it is chock-full of amazing resources. Thanks again to Amanda for finding this and many other reources that we'll post soon.
Another great source of resources for personal use is the Homeschool Giveaways website. Please check it out and share it. Also please feel free to leave comments if you have other ideas for activities.
We hope everyone is finding ways to stay motivated and happy. Here's a little helping hand our colleague, Amanda, dug up for us. Stay safe everyone.
As many of you will know it is Autism Awareness week this week and tomorrow in Autism Awareness Day. So I thought I'd take this opportunity to promote an online resource that I have personally learnt a lot from over the las few years. It's called Early Years TV (the brainchiild of Kathy Brodie) and is geared at Early Years poviders. Each week Kathy posts an interview with an expert in various disciplines and concepts. It is free to sign up but you can pay for access to all videos. This week the interview is with Chloé Hayden who is 22 years old from Australia, diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome at the age of 13, who spends her life advocating for children on the spectrum through interactive, fun videos and blog posts. Click here to go to the interview.
My intention with this blog originally was to provide distraction and helpful ideas for activities especially for the kids but, like many, I have been drawn into the story of this unprecidented shared experience. Through social media I have come across this article from The Gardian. It is a letter from an Italian novelist to us from the perspective of being slightly ahead of us in the timeline of the Coronavirus pandemic. It touches on some issues that I've been pondering recently but explores them way more eloquently than I can. I am particularly moved by the way she expresses how, though this is a shared experience in some ways, the quality of that experience will be very differrent depending on our socio-economic status. One thing I'd like to add is the quality of this experience will depend very much on our emotional resilience and mind-set. So I will continue to search out and post up-lifting and motivational materials.
And, now, to finish, I'll share with you our new mantra - "Stay safe, stay sane!"