LEE LEWIS CAMPBELL ELEMENTARY

MEDIA AND PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTE

Counselor's Corner Vol. 3 - May 8, 2020

Hello Lee Lewis Campbell family. I hope you all are doing well, and staying safe. I miss you all very much. Please remember to stay safe, relax, and find pleasure in this new way that we will be learning and communicating with each other. If you would like to reach out to me, please contact me at 512.841.6680 or email me at sharon.holmes@austinisd.org

Take care,

Mrs. Sharon H. Holmes, Counselor

Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary

Media and Performing Arts Institute

STAY DRAGON STRONG

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS RESOURCES FROM OUR LMHP (Licensed Mental Health Professionals)

PROVIDING SUPPORT DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The Licensed Mental Health Professionals (LMHP) are committed to providing continuous support to the 80,000 plus students and families of Austin ISD as we face existing and new challenges in the wake of COVID-19.

The LMHPs are available to support students and families who are interested in receiving our assistance with complex needs. Referrals to your LMHP are most often made through campus counselors, administrators, child study teams and direct student/family referral. Visit the website to learn more about how we support.

https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/lmhp

MINDFULNESS WALKS

Mindfulness Walks


Mindfulness walks allow us time to gather our awareness and free us from distractions. Unlike some physical activity where the goal is to tune things out and just go, mindful walks are about becoming aware of what is around us. Start with a natural pace. To become aware of your surroundings you can count your steps, listen to the sounds of the lifting and falling of your foot. Don’t become distracted by the light, the sounds or beauty around you. You’ll have time to see those things. These first moments are about being present with your steps. After feeling comfortable with your steps you can listen to the sounds around you...


To learn more about mindfulness walks and access guided mediation walks to get you started, check out these two sites:


Mindfulness.org

Calm App (for subscribers)

THE FOLLOWING READ ALOUDS AND VIDEOS ARE FOUND ON YOUTUBE.

At-Home SEL Library Ideas: Anxiety, Worry & Mindfulness

Children’s Literature Recommendations:

1. Hey Warrior by Karen Young

2. A Little SPOT of Anxiety: A Story About Calming Your Worries by Diane Alber

3. A Little Peaceful SPOT: A Story About Mindfulness by Diane Alber

4. Anxious Ninja: A Children's Book About Managing Anxiety and Difficult Emotions

by Mary Nhin

5. When I Am Worried: Self-regulation skills and anxiety book for Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) by Michael Gordon

6. Sometimes I'm Anxious: A Child's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Poppy O’Neill

7. Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere by Kira Willey

8. Worries Are Not Forever by Elizabeth Verdick (ages 1-4)

9. Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves by Elizabeth Verdick (ages 8-13)

10. When Worry Takes Hold by Liz Haske

11. Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens by Earl Hipp (ages 11 & up)

Literature for Teens and Young Adults:

1. Mindfulness for Teens in 10 Minutes a Day: Exercises to Feel Calm, Stay Focused & Be Your Best Self by Jennie Marie Battistin

2. The No Worries Workbook: 124 Lists, Activities, and Prompts to Get Out of Your Head―and On with Your Life! by Molly Burford

3. Little Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On: Twenty Lessons for Managing Worry, Anxiety, and Fear by Mark Reinecke

4. Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel

5. One Year Wiser: An Illustrated Guide to Mindfulness by Mike Medaglia

SEL READ ALOUDS FOR CHILDREN

Children's Literature, Videos and Songs

Time to Come In, Bear - A Children's Story About Social Distancing


Pigeon Presents - Mo Willems


Wash Your Hands Song (To the tune of baby shark)


StorylineOnline - A vast library of free videos in which celebrities read popular kids' books out loud

SEL (Social Emotional Learning) CHALLENGE & SCAVENGER HUNT

1. Find something you are GRATEFUL for that makes you LAUGH

2. Give a KIND compliment to a family member

3. Find an INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE & share it with someone

4. Call someone on the phone and check-in

5. Go OUTSIDE and FIND: a plant, something yellow, something that makes you smile

6. Mindfulness 5-4-3-2-1: NAME 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, 1 thing you can taste

7. Write a COMPLIMENT about yourself each day and place it somewhere you can read

8. Go on a 5-10 minute walk, identify 10 or more things that begin with the first letter of your name(repeat next day and select a different letter to identify things you see that begin with that letter)

Parent and Caregiver tips for Covid-19





  • Pay close attention to your own feelings of stress or anxiety.Practice continued self-care strategies, including eating healthy, getting enough sleep, exercising, and finding time to take breaks. If you find yourself overwhelmed by negative thoughts, find ways to reframe your thinking. Seek out needed mental health support for yourself or loved ones.
  • Acknowledge and support children in processing their full range of emotions and concerns, while offering calm and reassurance. Consider how children will react at different ages and identify appropriate ways to respond. Find ways for children to express their feelings through conversation, music, art, dance, writing, or other activities. Tune into how they’re feeling throughout the day, and offer quiet time or breaks as needed.
  • Provide age-appropriate information and accurate answers about the news while limiting excessive television or social media. Help children assess facts from misinformation and stereotyping related to the disease.
  • Share with children what you’re doing to keep them safe. Help children learn about and practice proactive strategies, such as frequent handwashing, to stay healthy. In addition to promoting healthy practices, this can help them feel a greater sense of control.
  • Whenever possible, provide consistency in daily routines including meals and bedtimes. While school closures or changes in schedules may be inevitable, consistent routines can help foster a sense of safety.
  • Practice patience when routines are necessarily disrupted, which can lead to potential behavior issues or meltdowns. Try to comfort children while setting boundaries. This is also an opportunity to create new schedules and routines that promote family time and healthy practices, such as taking a morning walk together, creating a “coping kit”, or adding favorite family songs to handwashing routines.
  • Help children and adolescents think of creative ways to maintain their friendships and social connections. This may include writing emails or letters to friends, or scheduling time to use the phone or age-appropriate technology to communicate with peers. Remember that your own social connections are important as well, and make time to reach out by phone or virtually to family and friends.
  • Come up with fun alternatives to show signs of affection while minimizing the spread of germs. For example, elbow bumps or footshakes.
  • Proactively reach out to schools and community organizations to support you in meeting any additional needs your family may have, such as access to meals or support services.
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PERSEVERANCE

Life is complex and full of constant change no matter how we want to control it. There is an ebb and flow. It tears us down and then we rebuild. Along the way we will have many complex experiences. We experience love, sorrow, happiness, anger and even at times just absolute emptiness. At times we may feel all of these things at once. We are some of the most complex creatures in existence. One thing that works for one person may not work for another when trying to get through hard times.One thing that is constant is everyone has a choice. This will never change. We can choose to let an experience have total control over us and our thoughts and emotions. We can also choose to accept any given experience and learn from it. There is no rule that says we have to let a mistake or bad spot in life define us. This is how we learn and grow from these complex experiences. There will be times when your thoughts and feelings run away with you. This is normal and it happens to all of us. It’s all part of the growing process. We can get stuck in self destructive thought processes and negative self talk. Stop immediately and turn the negativity around.

KEEP MOVING, KEEPING CLIMBING, KEEP PRESSING ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SHARED VISION

AT LEE LEWIS CAMPBELL ELEMENTARY WE ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE THROUGH

UNITY, COLLABORATION, AND RESPECT!!!!

STAY DRAGON STRONG!!!!!!!!