Ages: 6-12. This fun-filled card game teaches children how to handle stress using well-researched stress reduction techniques that include: deep breathing and muscle relaxation, visualization, self-talk, and creating a healthy lifestyle. The bonus activities challenge players to practice their newly learned skills. For 2-4 players.
Ages 8-18. This game was developed by Lawrence E. Shapiro, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert on emotional intelligence in children. The game teaches players four different techniques to confront and overcome their fears and worries. The four card types include: Face Your Fears, Understanding Yourself, Relaxation, and Change Your Thoughts.
Grades K-2 and grades 3-5. Based on the popular card game, Go Fish, this game teaches players about stress and anxiety and helps them deal with anxiety-provoking situations. It also provides practical thinking skills that include self-talk, coping mechanisms, and relaxation techniques. There are two decks of 50 cards; one for each grade level. The game differs from classic go fish in that players must answer a question before they can accept a requested card. Instead of numbers on the cards they all have fun fish names and pictures. Rules sheet and facilitator guidelines included.
This game uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help combat anxiety. It's use of relaxation techniques like muscle relaxation, deep breathing, and visualization are some of the strategies employed to help relieve anxiety. During the game, players read brief case studies adapted from real-life scenarios of “anxious” or “worried” thoughts of children. Players then practice one of the three essential skills: they POWER ON for positive self-talk, breaking the negative thought cycle that can lead to escalated worry/stress; they PAUSE and either act out or describe a relaxation technique, which helps them feel better emotionally; or they REWIND and describe a time in the past when they overcame a similar worry/stress successfully. 2-5 players. Grades 1-9.
Use these engaging Self-Calming Cards to make learning self-calming strategies fun.
Children who have self calming skills:
-Recover from emotional upset more quickly
-Get along better with friends, siblings, and classmates
-Switch from one activity to another more easily
-Think more clearly and calmly in emergencies
This kit is intended to help clients control their anxiety, and address the common emotional and social problems that accompany anxiety disorders. The kit contains 50 cards that show cognitive distortions on one side, and rational responses and positive behavioral activities on the other. The kit also features a CD with dozens of printable forms to help keep track of change. Ages 12-Adult. By Lawrence Shapiro.