WHY TEACH KIDS ABOUT COPING TOOLS?
Our bestselling 50 Coping Tools for Kids resource helps young people develop healthy stress management strategies. Used by over 17,000 teachers, parents, and counselors, this SEL lesson teaches kids how to relate to uncomfortable feelings with self-compassion. On top of that, it invites kids to practice skills that can help them to feel calmer and more relaxed.
Although coping skills do not necessarily get rid of challenging and stressful situations, they can help us make better, more empowering choices. When we use healthy calming strategies, some of the confusion, chaos, blahs & crazies can go away. This means that coping skills help us to see the silver lining, cup-is-half-full perspectives and possibilities. Moreover, they encourage us to build our strengths and resiliences. Furthermore, they are a means to take good, kind-care of ourselves.
Includes Many Activities That Help Students Identify Calming Strategies
This stress management lesson helps kids to identify healthy coping skills that they can use the next time they feel stress or worried. This resource offers multiple ways to do this. You can flip through the task cards, use a coping skills worksheets, fill out the “What Helps Me Checklist”, create a stress management collage, or complete the “My Coping Strategies Survival Guide”. Additionally, students will also have fun using the colorable coping tools fortune teller.
Since everyone has different needs and responds to activities in different ways, we included diverse coping tool suggestions. These different styles range from mindfulness and relaxation strategies, sensory-related skills, activities that promote distraction, exercise and movement, and thinking / processing strategies.
Ways to Use This Stress Management SEL Resource
- At home with your children
- In person or digital classroom guidance lesson
- Small group activity
- As a resource in your Calm Down Corner
- Therapeutic intervention & assessment
- Counseling office and classroom decor
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