Behaviour is communication! I love this infographic about the Five Domains of Self-Regulation (from Stuart Shanker's fantastic work on self-regulation - www.self-reg.ca).
When we witness a child's behaviour, we don't always stop to consider the underlying factors. By acting as "stress detectives" in our kids' lives, parents and educators can help identify and reduce stressors and teach kids the skills to respond.
These hand-drawn graphics are created by Kristin Wiens, an educator in School District 62, where I also happen to work! For more on Kristin Wiens' work, and for free, high-resolution printable infographics, visit:
Is your child experiencing more sleep challenges with the recent back-to-school transition? Victoria psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts offers some great suggestions for helping kids cope with nightmares and night terrors.
Happy second week back to school!
Kids are better equipped for the joys and challenges of learning when there is a strong connection between home and school. As a school counsellor, one of my main priorities is fostering this connection. So what can parents do to help?
This is a longer article, but it's well worth the time spent. Dr. Deborah MacNamara offers detailed, research-based suggestions for enhancing the relationships between children, teachers, and parents. A great read for this back to school transition time!
Today's Recommended Read!
Why Am I Me?
By Paige Britt
Illustrations by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
Up for a philosophical discussion with your child? Ready to explore big questions? This sweet story explores the concept of identity and the experience of seeing the world through someone else's eyes. A lovely book for inquisitive kids (and adults)!