Kelly Creek Counseling

May Newsletter

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!!

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May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month!

AAPI Heritage Month began in 1977 as a ten-day celebration of Asian Pacific American contributions to this country. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush signed a law expanding the celebration to the entire month of May. The observance commemorates two events: The arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, largely built by Chinese immigrants, on May 10, 1869.


How to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Kids


AAPI Calendar Events in Portland


A Book List that includes titles on Asian Americans and Asia for children, young adults, and educators.

Personal Safety Lessons

Over the last few weeks our students have been learning about personal safety, how to be safe in an unsafe situation and to get help from adults. Every spring these are taught in schools to keep our students safe.


The topics that are covered are:

How to listen to your body to know if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable

How to be brave and say No!

What are safe vs unsafe touches

You are the boss of our own body

Identifying 3-5 adults that you trust that can help if you feel unsafe or need someone to talk to


I also like to follow up with information and resources so families can have these conversations at home:


Committee for Children: How to Guide for Talking to Your Kids About Abuse

This is a great resource for parents that give a How To Guide for each age about how to talk to your kids about safety and abuse.


What is Erin's Law?

“Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program.

Kids Mental Health Resources for Parents and Guardians

GBSD Family Resource Series: Focus on Student Mental Health

Focus on Student Mental Health

Virtual Meeting for Families

May 4, 2021

6:30 to 7:30 pm


Do you feel comfortable having open conversations with your student about their feelings?


Do you know the warning signs of anxiety and depression?


Join GBSD school social workers for an online parent meeting focused on students’ mental health.


LINK HERE

Short (20 Minutes or Less!) Podcasts for Supporting Kids' Mental Health Needs

3 Relaxation Strategies for Kids (Works on Adults too!)

Deep Breathing

Teaching kids to slow their breathing and really pay attention to the inhale and exhale can help them to lower their heart rates and calm their bodies and minds.


Deep Breathing Ideas


4 - 7 - 8 Breathing by GoZen


How to Beat Nerves! Cosmic Kids Zen Den

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Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Muscle Relaxation is to gradually and systematically tense, hold, and release their muscles. This is a great skill for kids to learn because they can do it anywhere, even when they’re seated at school.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Kids


Relaxation Script for Young Kids



Tips for Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Grounding!

Grounding is all about helping kids feel connected to their current environment and surrounding, especially when anxiety is making them feel disconnected! Kids can use their senses to connect with the environment or do a room scan to notice specific things that are close by.



5-4-3-2-1 Grounding:

This grounding exercise is a great go-to for kids. All they need for this exercise is their senses! Have students practice identifying:

  • 5 things you see
  • 4 things you hear
  • 3 things you smell
  • 2 things you can touch
  • 1 thing you taste

Resources for Talking to Kids about Race

Talking Race With Young Children (Podcast)


Even babies notice differences like skin color, eye shape and hair texture. Here's how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children. (This is just a 20 minute listen!)

Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race


If you’re nervous about talking about race with your kids, these books about racial diversity will give you an easy place to start destigmatizing difference & celebrating racial diversity.

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Counseling Lesson Topics

Counseling Lessons are posted on Wednesday Mornings at 8am.


Recent Lessons:

Anxiety and Worry

Ways to Cope with Anxiety

Kindness

Gratitude


Coming Soon!

Mindful Listening, Seeing, and Movement