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3 Steps to Help Children Improve Self Control and Focus

All young children need to learn self control and how to focus.  At times, there are children who may need extra help to learn these skills in order to function better in the classroom and at home.  It is never too early to start even in infancy.  As parents, therapists and teachers sometimes we can […]

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3 Simple Mandalas to Color to Help Relieve Stress – Free!

Mandala means “circle” or “center.” Coloring mandalas can help to encourage relaxation, relieve stress, facilitate creativity and balance the body.  Here are three simple mandalas to color to help to calm the body.  They are perfect to add to a quiet corner or calm down kit in the classroom. Check out Yoga Cards at http://yourtherapysource.com/yogacards.html […]

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5 Tips to Support Risk Taking in Children

Do you allow children to explore enough?  Risk taking is so important in childhood. This generation of children is so shielded from many risks that perhaps you and I were allowed to overcome as we grew up.  Taking a risk and achieving a goal provides a child with a strong sense of accomplishment.  Remember back […]

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Free Self Calming Deep Breathing Activity

Here is a free self calming deep breathing activity.  Print and cut out the deep breathing cards.  The child can take 4 deep breaths trying to breath in through the nose (smelling the flowers) and out through the mouth (blowing out the candles).  You can print the activity at http://yourtherapysource.com/freecalmbreath.html [subscribe2]

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10 Tips to Help Develop Self Control in Children

Here are 10 tips to help children develop self control: 1.  Do activities that require you and the child to follow step by step directions such as playing a board game or following a recipe. 2.  Let children wait.  If you are busy doing something and a child requests your attention, it is beneficial for […]

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Self Control and Adult Health

A large longitudinal study in New Zealand assessed the self control of more than 1000 children in the area of self control. Parents, teachers, observers and children reported on frustration levels, attention to tasks, restlessness, waiting to take turns, activity levels and more. The children who scored lowest in the areas of self control scored […]