Your Counselor - Ms. Mutter, & PBSES Coach - Ms. Kusunose
From Ms. Kusunose
- Set-up a realistic schedule. Keep it simple. In the beginning, make a schedule for the morning portion of the “school day.”
- Put up a visual schedule with times included. Less is more.
- Include breaks! Movement breaks. Cooking breaks. Game time with dad break.
- Use statements like, “If _____, then _____.” You may need to provide a small reward. Keep it simple! (Child gets to choose between ___ and ___. Sing a song together. Play a 10 minute game. Rewards around time may be helpful to provide the social interactions students are not getting as much as during a typical school day.·
- Keep in mind that childhood development experts generally say that a reasonable attention span to expect of a child is 2-5 minutes per year of their age. This is only a guideline.
- Be patient and give yourselves time to transition to a new schedule and a new set of routines.
- This is useful for both children and adults!
- Here are some examples of schedules (one for families, one for teachers):
From Ms. Mutter
These days, it is easy to get caught up in the "what-if's", and anxiety about the unknown. This is where things like yoga, mindfulness, or simply taking nice full breaths can really help to bring us into the present moment, giving us a sense of calm. With this in mind, see the below ideas/resources for Movement and Resilience:
Resilience Tool: Mindful Breathing - in through the nose and holding it at the top, then slowly letting it out. For kids especially, it really helps to have a visual representation of this special way of breathing. Here is a simple kind-friendly video designed by a headache specialist at a children's hospital - it helps to pace breathing at a rate that calms the mind and body. Click here for a video of me reading a story called My Magic Breath, which helps to illustrate for kids how to breathe in a way that promotes calm (and it's great for bedtime!).