Counseling Corner Newsletter 11/30-12/4

Camas Ridge Counseling Corner

November 30-December 4, 2020

Mindfulness App. ~Stop, Breathe, Think Kids

Mindfulness skills are helpful in regulating our emotions and responding to stress. There are numerous additional benefits for our children and for adults, such as improved immune system, regulation of stress, improved sleep, better regulated attention and emotions, and much more.

We’ve been focused on teaching your children about the brain and mindfulness. To extend this learning and make the information and strategies accessible to you and outside of the school day, we requested the app, Stop, Breathe, Think Kids, be installed on your student’s school ipad. (You may need to restart ipad and connect with wifi for the app to fully install). To use the app, your child will need a parent to sign-in with an email and enter verification code to indicate consent for the child to use the app.

I like this mindfulness app because children can find their own strategy or activity based on their interest or self-identified need, or even better, the child identifies their current emotional state and the app generates a strategy connected to the emotion. This helps children make a connection between useful and appropriate strategies to use in response to certain emotions.

Watch this short video on how to use the app: Breathe Kids video

Check out this link to learn about the app: Stop, Breathe, Think Kids

Read reviews here: Common Sense Media reviewWhile Stop, Breathe, Think Kids is made specific for 5-10 year-olds, MyLife also has mindfulness activities for adults. See this playlist for adult-focused activities: Playlist of Meditation & Mindfulness activities

PARENT EVENTS

Parent Groups

The elementary counselors would like to invite you to 2 parent groups/events:

1) Timely Topic Tuesdays

  • run by elementary counselors on varying topic specific to times.
  • Second Tuesday of month 6:00-7:00pm: Next event Tuesday, Dec. 8 6:00-7:00
  • Dec. 8 Topic: Emotional Regulation with Children
  • at Timely Topic Tuesdays (zoom link) (Meeting ID: 914 4889 6490; Passcode: 496274)

2) Behavior Management Parenting Group

  • run by UO Child and Family Center
  • Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30pm
  • Zoom link: Parent Group Night (zoom link) (Meeting ID: 912 0842 5682; Passcode: Parents)

See this flyer for more information on these and additional Parent Nights and support opportunities in the community: Parent Groups and Events Flyer

4j and Community Resources

Click on picture below to be linked to listing of resources for food, holiday resources, technology, and child-care

Counseling Center Services and Offerings

Contact & Scheduling Information

Click this link to schedule an appointment for you or your student:https://www.meetingbird.com/l/JaimeHock/counselorchat

Office hours (by appointment or drop-in):

  • Mondays 1:30-2:30
  • Monday evenings 5:00-6:00 (by appointment)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:30