As the school year comes to a close, the East Greenbush Central School District is sharing resources to help families with coping, calming and stress management during these challenging times. The resources include websites, videos, books, mental health providers and a list of helpful tips.
- Go Noodle – website that provides movement and mindfulness videos for children.
Offers many videos on the topic of meditation, mindfulness, stress management and how to manage anxiety with children.
- Kids Yoga for Anxiety
- Letting Go of Worries: A Guided Meditation for Kids
- Flight Fight Freeze – A Guide to Anxiety For Kids
- Dealing With Anxiety As a Kid ft. Kati Morton
- Anxiety Relief For Kids: Meet Nelly From GoZen
- How To Parent Your Anxious Kids – 4 Part Series with Natasha Daniels
- Helping Anxious Kids – Practical Tips
- 8 Techniques To Help An Anxious Child
There are many posts related to the topic of wellness, stress management, calming, coping, feelings, problem solving, mindfulness.
- Mrs. Rinehimer’s DPS Counseling Corner, code itblyx7.
- Ms. Fontaine and Mrs. Scaringe’s Green Meadow Counseling Corner, code d2qqtea.
Mental Health Providers
If you are not engaged with a therapist or other mental health specialist for your child and family, the following are suggestions:
- Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health
- Teletherapy counseling sessions, medication management services are available for people of all ages; children and families.
- Mobile crisis line available 518-292-5499; Main number 518-270-2800
- Karner Psychological Associates
- Telehealth sessions available for people of all ages; children and families; Accepting new referrals
- Mary Sise, LCSW
- Tapping the Panic out of the Pandemic, Tuesdays at 2pm, info on her website
- Lauren Jacobs, LCSW-R
- Capital Care Developmental Pediatrics
- Brittany MacKinnon
- Counselor in Troy offering video and phone sessions: 518-299-1524
- Freedom First Psychological Services
- Online you can click a link and schedule an initial new client phone consultation
- Eastern Door Counseling Center
- Taryn Heath and Stephanie Mannion have been recommended and there are many others on staff
- Capital District Behavioral Health
- Northern Rivers Family Services (formerly Parsons)
- Offering tele-therapy counseling and medication management sessions, as well as crisis intervention services.
- Mobile Crisis number: 518-292-5499
- General information: 518-952-9032
- Community Hospice
- Grief Services: https://www.communityhospice.org/services/grief-support/
- Contact your pediatrician for an appointment, referral, conversation/discussion re: behavioral concerns for your child. You may also wish to contact your insurance carrier directly to see what providers are covered under your plan.
Other Helpful Tips
- Maintain a schedule, routine for your child
- Prepare the environment for your child
- Presets and explanation for any changes, novel experiences / situations
- Visual supports – pictures for daily routine, tasks
- Break things down into manageable tasks
- Make a ‘To-Do’ list
- Use paper-pencil lists, white boards, sticky notes
- Talk to your child, encourage conversations about their feelings
- Coloring, painting, journaling, writing
- Allow for breaks, especially movement and outdoor activities
- Encourage and help set up for good sleeping, eating and exercise
- Use a “First, Then” verbal or visual prompt
- Use visuals
- Calming music
- Assign tasks to your child that they can feel good about completing and being in charge of
- Zoom socialization with family, friends
- Socially distant play dates
- DPS library website offers social events/activities
- Join class google meets
- Set up a zoom ‘playdate’ with friends – be creative- create a theme like hat day, tie dye, tell a joke
- Call a friend or a relative
- Play a board game, card game
- Write letters to people
- Get outside and engage in movement activity
- Bubbles, Playdoh, slime – all can be made at home too!
- Try preventive interventions with commitment and diligence over the course of time; behavioral change takes time
- ’In-the-moment’ response to a tantrum or behavioral meltdown could be stating the observable behavior and then bridging to a calming strategy