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When I first posted our Calm Down Corner last year, I said I would give an update. 👉🏻 They really do work. And ours is nothing fancy (there are some very cool ones on IG!). After I hung up some posters on feelings, coping skills, breathing, and relaxation, my Little added all the finishing (important) touches. Her favorite pillows, rocking chair, 2 favorite calm down bottles, 2 books, and her Shimmer dancing doll (she said makes her smile). ▪️
She was very frustrated today, shutting down, and ran up to her room (Like Jared and his Cool Out Space - know the @positivediscipline book? ☺️). It worked. I walked in a few minutes later and she was intently watching the glitter fall in her calm down bottle. In that moment we were able to connect, even got a smile from her, and then able to talk about what happened. ▪️
This certainly doesn’t happen every time (wouldn’t that be fantastic?! Haha). But every time she chooses to do this (and I prompt/remind her of the option), she (and we!) get better at regulation, repair, and reflection.  Practice is so important during this critical period of brain development. When parenting feels hard and the distress is high, I try to remind myself these few things: Neurons that fire together, wire together (Perry). And it’s not the ruptures that matter as much as these moments of repair (Siegel/Bryson).
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Do you have a calm down corner? What do your kids gravitate towards when using it? [Deep breathing reminders by @pathway2success1 and Feelings/Coping Skills by @socialemotionalworkshop ] 
#calmdowncorner #cozycorner #regulaterelatereason #calmdownbottle #ruptureandrepair #strengtheningrelationships #parenting #ece #earlychildhoodmentalhealth #ecmhc #rockingforregulation #presencenotperfection #calmdownkit #affectregulation #emotionmanagement #selfregulation #coregulation #positivediscipline #cooloutspace.

When I first posted our Calm Down Corner last year, I said I would give an update. 👉🏻 They really do work. And ours is nothing fancy (there are some very cool ones on IG!). After I hung up some posters on feelings, coping skills, breathing, and relaxation, my Little added all the finishing (important) touches. Her favorite pillows, rocking chair, 2 favorite calm down bottles, 2 books, and her Shimmer dancing doll (she said makes her smile). ▪️ She was very frustrated today, shutting down, and ran up to her room (Like Jared and his Cool Out Space - know the @positivediscipline book? ☺️). It worked. I walked in a few minutes later and she was intently watching the glitter fall in her calm down bottle. In that moment we were able to connect, even got a smile from her, and then able to talk about what happened. ▪️ This certainly doesn’t happen every time (wouldn’t that be fantastic?! Haha). But every time she chooses to do this (and I prompt/remind her of the option), she (and we!) get better at regulation, repair, and reflection. Practice is so important during this critical period of brain development. When parenting feels hard and the distress is high, I try to remind myself these few things: Neurons that fire together, wire together (Perry). And it’s not the ruptures that matter as much as these moments of repair (Siegel/Bryson). ▪️ Do you have a calm down corner? What do your kids gravitate towards when using it? [Deep breathing reminders by @pathway 2success1 and Feelings/Coping Skills by @socialemotionalworkshop ] #calmdowncorner #cozycorner #regulaterelatereason #calmdownbottle #ruptureandrepair #strengtheningrelationships #parenting #ece #earlychildhoodmentalhealth #ecmhc #rockingforregulation #presencenotperfection #calmdownkit #affectregulation #emotionmanagement #selfregulation #coregulation #positivediscipline #cooloutspace ...

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#Repost @thebodykeepsthescore (@get_repost ) ・・・ "But if no one has ever looked at you with loving eyes or broken out in a smile when she sees you; if no one has rushed to help you (but instead said, “Stop crying, or I’ll give you something to cry about”), then you need to discover other ways of taking care of yourself. You are likely to experiment with anything—drugs, alcohol, binge eating, or cutting—that offers some kind of relief." #besselvanderkolk #thebodykeepsthescore #addiction #affectregulation #selfregulation #bingeeating #cutting #bpd #borderline #did #somaticexperiencing #traumainformedyoga #developmentaltrauma #ptsd #cptsd #developmentaltrauma #childhoodtrauma #abusiverelationship #psychomotortherapy #emdr #nervoussystem #cptsdawareness #selfawareness #dissociation #dissociativeidentitydisorder #traumasensitiveyoga #traumainformedcare #nytimesbestseller ...

One Minute Videos on Emotional Health. Season 3 Episode 3. Anxiety! You can find many more videos on emotions and how to work with them for greater peace of mind and confidence on the Change Triangle YouTube channel. 
#mentalhealth #health #emotion #education #aedp #cbt #psychology #thechangetriangle #personaldevelopment #bookstagram #blog #mind #body #affectregulation #brainchange #parentinginfo #stopthestigma.

One Minute Videos on Emotional Health. Season 3 Episode 3. Anxiety! You can find many more videos on emotions and how to work with them for greater peace of mind and confidence on the Change Triangle YouTube channel. #mentalhealth #health #emotion #education #aedp #cbt #psychology #thechangetriangle #personaldevelopment #bookstagram #blog #mind #body #affectregulation #brainchange #parentinginfo #stopthestigma ...

I saw a reference that read: “Please forgive me if I don’t talk much at times. It’s loud enough in my head” ——
Soljah Brown Update:  It may be a good segway for a Sol-JAH update! Soljah (almost 9 months now) has really shifted his gears in the clinical setting and has shown to be quite sensitive to unspoken emotions in the room. We are able to read each other more - allowing for more frequent  commands to exit his crate to ground the room (to lie on or by the feet of clients). He has his behaviours (I’m learning his mannerisms too) that help me read more into what might be happening in the room that may be inexpressible for a client. What a fantastic colleague!! -
#sol #divine #colleagues #workplace #work #workingdog #therapydog #therapy #pictureoftheday #dogsofinstagram #dogs #playbasedlearning #emotionallanguage #affectregulation #groundingtechniques #cptsd #ptsd #anxiety.

I saw a reference that read: “Please forgive me if I don’t talk much at times. It’s loud enough in my head” —— Soljah Brown Update: It may be a good segway for a Sol-JAH update! Soljah (almost 9 months now) has really shifted his gears in the clinical setting and has shown to be quite sensitive to unspoken emotions in the room. We are able to read each other more - allowing for more frequent commands to exit his crate to ground the room (to lie on or by the feet of clients). He has his behaviours (I’m learning his mannerisms too) that help me read more into what might be happening in the room that may be inexpressible for a client. What a fantastic colleague!! - #sol #divine #colleagues #workplace #work #workingdog #therapydog #therapy #pictureoftheday #dogsofinstagram #dogs #playbasedlearning #emotionallanguage #affectregulation #groundingtechniques #cptsd #ptsd #anxiety ...

Another great post on Alexithymia. I know I’m always posting about this, but it’s not well known by therapists and survivors alike and is debilitating and totally derails therapy if overlooked. So here’s another explanation of it, reshared from @thebodykeepsthescore .
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“Alexithymics substitute the language of action for that of emotion. When asked, “How would you feel if you saw a truck coming at you at eighty miles per hour?” most people would say, “I’d be terrified” or “I’d be frozen with fear.” An alexithymic might reply, “How would I feel? I don’t know. . . . I’d get out of the way.” They tend to register emotions as physical problems rather than as signals that something deserves their attention. Instead of feeling angry or sad, they experience muscle pain, bowel irregularities, or other symptoms for which no cause can be found. About three quarters of patients with anorexia nervosa, and more than half of all patients with bulimia, are bewildered by their emotional feelings and have great difficulty describing them. When researchers showed pictures of angry or distressed faces to people with alexithymia, they could not figure out what those people were feeling.”
~ Dr. van der Kolk / The Body Keeps the Score - Chapter 6: Losing Your Body, Losing Your Self.
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#besselvanderkolk #thebodykeepsthescore #cptsd #developmentaltraumadisorder #somaticexperiencing #somatictherapy #affectregulation #add #adhd #childhoodtrauma #dissociation #did #socialanxiety #addiction #bingeeating #selfawareness #emdr #traumatherapy #bpd #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #complextrauma #alexithymia #majordepressivedisorder #cfs #anorexianervosa #bulimia #eatingdisorderawareness.

Another great post on Alexithymia. I know I’m always posting about this, but it’s not well known by therapists and survivors alike and is debilitating and totally derails therapy if overlooked. So here’s another explanation of it, reshared from @thebodykeepsthescore . (Reposted with @get_repost ) ・・・ “Alexithymics substitute the language of action for that of emotion. When asked, “How would you feel if you saw a truck coming at you at eighty miles per hour?” most people would say, “I’d be terrified” or “I’d be frozen with fear.” An alexithymic might reply, “How would I feel? I don’t know. . . . I’d get out of the way.” They tend to register emotions as physical problems rather than as signals that something deserves their attention. Instead of feeling angry or sad, they experience muscle pain, bowel irregularities, or other symptoms for which no cause can be found. About three quarters of patients with anorexia nervosa, and more than half of all patients with bulimia, are bewildered by their emotional feelings and have great difficulty describing them. When researchers showed pictures of angry or distressed faces to people with alexithymia, they could not figure out what those people were feeling.” ~ Dr. van der Kolk / The Body Keeps the Score - Chapter 6: Losing Your Body, Losing Your Self. . . . #besselvanderkolk #thebodykeepsthescore #cptsd #developmentaltraumadisorder #somaticexperiencing #somatictherapy #affectregulation #add #adhd #childhoodtrauma #dissociation #did #socialanxiety #addiction #bingeeating #selfawareness #emdr #traumatherapy #bpd #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #complextrauma #alexithymia #majordepressivedisorder #cfs #anorexianervosa #bulimia #eatingdisorderawareness ...

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It's so common for us to draw a blank when someone asks us how we are feeling. In fact, many of my clients don't respond well when I ask them

It's so common for us to draw a blank when someone asks us how we are feeling. In fact, many of my clients don't respond well when I ask them "how are you feeling right now?" . . There are many reasons for this. One reason I want to talk about is that we are all wired uniquely and differently. We all have an affinity for different ways of experiencing things. . . What this means is that describing our emotions is only one way of processing our experience. There are other channels of our nervous system that we can drop into as well. . . There are multiple "CHANNELS OF EXPERIENCE" and they are: + EMOTIONAL (categorical emotions: anger, sadness, fear, joy, disgust, excitement/surprise). + VISUAL (internal and external sight, visual cues, images, colours. textures) + AUDITORY (resonance, voice tone, patterns of speech, sighs, hearing a sound or song or tune, remembering someones voice) + SENSATION (in muscles, nerves, skin, organs, ex aching, tension, relief, relaxation) + IMAGINAL (imagining or remembering something) + ENERGETIC (hot/cold, tingling, chills, rising heat, lightness to heaviness, energetic, depleted) + MOVEMENT (ex: heart beat, gestures, breathing rate, felt in our bodies) . . For example, I am very visual + imaginal and so when my therapist asks me, "What is that like for you?" or "How are you feeling?" I'll answer with something like "I feel like a tree growing roots into the ground" or "It's like I'm watching the sunset and I'm just taking it all in." . . We can process affect or our felt experience not just be describing our emotions but also by describing and experiencing them through movement, sound, sensation, energy, and imaginal, and visual ways. ...

When panic hits, we need a way out - a strategy so powerful we can shift gears out of those terrifying sensations and accompanying thoughts, and return to the present moment. Check out the ideas shared in this article. And if there is a strategy that works for you, please share it in the comments.  https://susanguttridge.wordpress.com/2019/07/07/emergency-plan-for-panic/ .
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#helpforpanicattacks #panicattack #helpforanxiety #whitehousewellnesscentre #livehappycounselling #affectregulation #anxiety #anxietyrelief #anxietyproblems.

When panic hits, we need a way out - a strategy so powerful we can shift gears out of those terrifying sensations and accompanying thoughts, and return to the present moment. Check out the ideas shared in this article. And if there is a strategy that works for you, please share it in the comments. https://susanguttridge.wordpress.com/2019/07/07/emergency-plan-for-panic/ . . . . . #helpforpanicattacks #panicattack #helpforanxiety #whitehousewellnesscentre #livehappycounselling #affectregulation #anxiety #anxietyrelief #anxietyproblems ...

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is essential to child development. It impacts how we process emotions, achieve goals, form relationships and make decisions.

selmatters.ca is a new website from the Vancouver Early Years Partnership that provides resources and information about how the development of healthy social and emotional skills impacts the development of young minds.

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is essential to child development. It impacts how we process emotions, achieve goals, form relationships and make decisions. selmatters.ca is a new website from the Vancouver Early Years Partnership that provides resources and information about how the development of healthy social and emotional skills impacts the development of young minds. #wccrc #ccrc #westcoastchildcare #westcoast #ece #earlylearning #parents #families #family #children #parentresources #familyresources #childcareresources #childhood #earlychildhoodeducator #CCRR #familychildcare #childcareproviders #childdevelopment #learning #earlyyears #braindevelopment #affectregulation #emotions #mentalhealth #socialemotionallearning #SEL #humaninteraction #relationships #selfawareness ...

Join us on Thursday evenings to discover the neuroscience and neuropsychology of emotion and learn strategies for emotion regulation in children. 
Participants on this course will receive a 10-hour professional development certificate. You must attend all 5 sessions to get your certificate 
Register now at wccrc.ca/workshops 
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Join us on Thursday evenings to discover the neuroscience and neuropsychology of emotion and learn strategies for emotion regulation in children. Participants on this course will receive a 10-hour professional development certificate. You must attend all 5 sessions to get your certificate Register now at wccrc.ca/workshops #wccrc #ccrc #westcoastchildcare #westcoast #ece #earlylearning #parents #families #family #children #parentresources #familyresources #childcareresources #childhood #earlychildhoodeducator #CCRR #familychildcare #childcareproviders #professionaldevelopment #ECE #prod #learning #neuroscience #braindevelopment #affectregulation #courses #emotions #mentalhealth #neuropsychology ...