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Janine Halloran, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 17 years of experience working with children, teens and their families. She is the founder and CEO of Coping Skills for Kids, where she creates and curates tools & resources to help adults teach kids healthy ways to deal with stress, anxiety and anger. She is the author of the Coping Skills for Kids Workbook: Over 75 Coping Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Stress, Anxiety and Anger (PESI, 2018) and Social Skills for Kids: Over 75 Fun Games & Activities for Building Better Relationships, Problem Solving & Improving Communication (PESI, 2018). She is an NBC Parent Toolkit Expert and has written articles featured on their blog. In addition, she has written for several other publications, including Hey Sigmund, Confident Families Confident Kids and Bay State Parent Magazine. She’s worked in a variety of settings, including schools, residential programs and outpatient mental health facilities. She is in private practice and offers consultation.
Financial: Janine Halloran is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Janine Halloran has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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- Develop strategies for teaching kids coping skills that positively impact academic performance and their ability to maintain relationships.
- Analyze how the nervous system response of “fight, flight or freeze” is connected to stress and communicate how coping skills can be used to shift kids to a more tranquil “rest and digest” response.
- Establish a classroom routine that allows for breaks to benefit both hypo-arousal and hyper-arousal in kids with ADHD.
- Articulate how mindfulness and grounding techniques can be used to help children manage their symptoms of anxiety.
- Establish methods to determine the source of stress and create a plan to eliminate shutting down or acting out.
- Utilize specific movement-based strategies that can effectively intervene in kids’ anger responses.
Coping Skills Overview
- The autonomic nervous system & coping skills
- 4 types of coping skills: calming, physical, distraction and processing
- Coping skills checklist to identify current skills and strengths
- Preventative interventions
Skills and Strategies: Interactive Exercises
Deep Breathing – Beyond “Taking a Deep Breath”
- Props – pinwheels, bubbles, stuffed animals, Hoberman sphere
- Words – to encourage deep breaths, “smell the soup, cool down the soup”, etc.
- Shapes – star breathing, lazy 8 breathing, square breathing, triangle breathing
- Your Body – your hand, whole body movement
Coping Skills for Anxiety/Stress
- Mindfulness Practice – one mindful minute, spiderman mindfulness, audio and visual mindfulness scripts, Grounding Techniques – 54321 grounding, alphabet grounding
- Identifying and taming anxiety – take-home worksheets to help identify anxiety, including a thermometer for anxiety worksheet, “sources of stress” worksheet
Coping Skills for ADHD
- Plan movement and sensory breaks
- The importance of play, hobbies, and having fun: calming jars, fidgets, sand trays, zen gardens
- Coping skills for stress
- Manage stressful times – the importance of play, hobbies, and having fun
- Sensory Ideas – calming jars, fidgets, sand trays, zen gardens
Coping Skills for Anger/Frustration
- Small physical movement activities to manage frustration – squeezing play dough, scribble drawing, bubble wrap, ripping paper
- Big physical movement activities to manage anger – jumping jacks, running, wall push ups, obstacle courses, yoga
- Processing anger – comic strip processing, what I can control vs. what I can’t control worksheet
Practical Implementation Ideas for the Classroom or Office
- Make a coping skills toolkit for your room – fidgets, coping skills cue cards and other visuals to help, include distraction coping skills like word searches, hidden pictures. etc
- Creating a calm down spot/calm down room – identify a good spot, create an area that is peaceful and relaxing, include the coping skills toolkit
- Practice your own coping skills – mindfulness and self-care worksheet
Educators, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Therapists, Marriage & Family, Therapists , Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurses, Other Mental Health Professionals.
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