Neurocognitive Interventions April 8, 2014

US-MGUC-3OM Health PlannerThank you for joining us for the LIVE presentation such a joy! We so enjoyed bringing neurocognitive interventions to you.

Here is the script for “Be The Tree” one of the over 70 activities that will be in my next book Play Activities For Better Thinking, Self-Regulation and Motor Skills in Children ages 3-12.

SOMETIMES YOU WILL MEET CHILDREN ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS WHO HAVE NOT HAD THE EXPERIENCE OF CENTERED CALMNESS. THEY ARE FRENETIC ALWAYS MOVING. WE CANNOT SIMPLY SAY TO THESE PEOPLE SIT STILL, BE STILL, STOP MOVING WE NEED TO BEGIN WITH THE MOVEMENT AND EMPOWER THEM TO ALTER THE SPEED, RATE AND VOLUME OF THEIR MOVEMENT.

WE CAN HELP PEOPLE  EXPERIENCE CALM IN THE FOLLOWING WAY. LET’S STAND UP FEET FORWARD, BELLY BUTTON IN, KNEES OVER OUR FEET, HIPS OVER KNEES SHOULDERS ROUND UP BACK AND DOWN. NOW YOU ARE ALIGNED THIS HELPS YOUR BODY MOVE MORE NATURALLY.

LET’S PLANT ROOTS FOR OUR TREE. NOW YOU CAN MOVE IN THE SECURITY OF KNOWING YOUR ARE FIRMLY PLANTED IN THE GROUND.

FEEL YOUR TREE MOVING FROM THE ROOTS ROCKING BACK AND FORTH, YOU CAN FLEX YOUR KNEES OR MOVE YOUR HIPS. EVERYONE IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF TREE, SIMPLY BE THE TREE THAT YOU ARE. NOW THE WIND IS GOING TO BLOW LIGHTLY AT FIRST JUST CREATING A RIPPLE IN OUR LEAVES.

WE LIFT OUR RIPPLING LEAVES UP ON OUR BRANCHES AND WE SYA. THE WIND FEELS WONDERFUL AS IT MOVES SOFTLY THROUGH OUR LEAVES, WE ARE AT PEACE IN THE BREEZE. UH OH THE BREEZE IS PICKING UP ITS BECOMING WINDY OUR BRANCHES ARE MOVING. OUR BASE IS GROUNDED IN THE EARTH IT REMAINS FIRMSAFE AND SECURE. OUR BRANCHES ARE MOVING, OUR LEAVES ARE SIGNING WITH THE SOUND OF THE WIND.

WE ARE A TREE ORCHESTRA, SOUND MIGHT EVEN COME FROM OUR TREES. AHHHHHH LAAAAAA. AND WE SHAKE AND WE TREMOR AS THE WIND HOWLS. IT FEELS GOOD TO LET OUR ENERGY FLY AWAY WITH THE WIND, WE ARE MOVING WITH THE WIND WE ARE ONE WITH THE WIND.

AHHHH THE WIND IS SOFTENING, ITS BREEZE IS CALMING AS ARE OUR BRANCHES AND OUR LEAVES.  OUR BRANCHES BEGIN TO REST, OUR LEAVES GO BACK TO SITTING PEACEFULLY RESTING ON OUR BRANCHES, WE ARE BREATHING OUT FEELING EXHILARATED NOW CALMED. WE MOVE BACK TO A ROCKING TRUNK A RESTING TREE AT PEACE WITH OUR SURROUNDINGS.  WE ARE NOW A TREE THAT SITS IN SILENCE. SMILE. SIT.

Play: It’s More Than Therapy CE 40% off

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AND my brain-based interventions DVD is on sale as well WOOT!

Look through the other experts as well. I’m a fan of David Nowell (postive psychology), you can get all the CE you need right at home. Grab a coffee, kick back and learn.

8 Simple Ways To Encourage Friendship Skills via @encourageplay

PrintAs a mother of two and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over a decade of experience, working mostly in elementary and middle school settings, if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that play is vital for children. However, some kids really struggle with learning how to play with their peers.  Here are a few simple ways you can help your children improve their friendships skills. Let us know what you do to enhance your children’s social experiences, we’re listening @encourageplay.

Parents want their children to make connections with other kids, but sometimes it can be hard.  Parents know that play and friendship is important, but sometimes kids struggle with it.  What can you do?  How do you balance the importance of play with your child’s needs?  Provide scaffolding and support to help them make connections to others.

1. Keep your child’s temperament in mind - Temperament matters in social interactions.  I could drop by daughter in the middle of any playground with a ton of kids and she’d run off and be happy without looking back.  My son, however, is slow to warm up in new situations, and things always go more smoothly when I remember that and don’t push him before he’s ready.

2. Your way of relating to people may be different from your child’s way of relating to people - Recognize that friendships and connecting with others may be easy for you, but hard for your kids.  My son’s way of relating to people is very similar to mine, but my daughter’s is not.  I try to keep that in mind when faced with different social settings.  Don’t let your own interactions heavily influence your expectations for your child’s behavior.  Embrace your differences.

3. Practice small talk & conversations - Practice having conversations and small talk at home with family members.  Make a list of topics your child might feel comfortable talking about and have them practice the basic small talk topics like weather or food.  When small talk happens in real life, have your child watch you make small talk, like in line at the store or waiting for a train.  Learning how to volley a conversation back and forth is a valuable skill. Practice, I say… You say… several times a day.

4. Discuss friendships - Talk with your child about the importance of having friends. Why is friendship important?  Who are people you’ve been friends with and why? What qualities do you look for in a friend? What makes a friend, a true friend? Reliability, honesty, trustworthiness? Friendship skills are learned, therefore they can be taught.

5. Emphasize quality over quantity – Teach your children that you don’t need to have a ton of friends, it’s better to have one or two people you can count on. In this day and age of hundreds of facebook “friends,” it’s good to emphasize what actually makes people friends, not just one of your stats.

6. Find nice people - Seek out local places or community centers where there are like-minded individuals, who share your values and vision. Look for places that are flexible and accepting.  Youth groups, the YMCA or your local library might be a good place to start.

7. Try new things – Find activities to make new connections via Fred Frankel, Ph.D. on www.additude.com.

8. Keep play dates small, short and structured – My main recommendation for children who struggle with play dates is to keep play dates small, time limited and to have a planned set of activities for the kids to do.  I think starting with just one friend makes a lot of sense if kids feel uncomfortable on a play date.  Keep it to just an hour or two at most the first time.  Have some games and activities pre-chosen so that they don’t spend a ton of time figuring out what to do on the play date. Consider offering activities in blocks of 15-20 minutes for younger children so that when they begin to lose interest they can wrap up one activity and be on to the next.

Playfully, Janine

Janine Halloran, LMHC, Founder of Encourage Play

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15 Solutions for Better Thinking and Self-Regulation ~ LIVE Webcasts

In her upcoming book, Play Activities For Better Thinking, Self-Regulation and Motor Skills in Children ages 3-12, pediatric psychologist Dr. Lynne Kenney integrates the newest neuroscience research with practical activities designed to enhance executive function, learning, behavior and self-regulation.

Now you can get a sneak preview of 15 of the neurocognitive activities as well as brain-based strategies in two LIVE 2 hr webcasts Tuesday April 8, 2014.

Join us LIVE April 8, 2014 Brain-Based Parenting 1:00 pm Eastern

Join us LIVE April 8, 2014 Self-regulation 3:15 pm Eastern

Practical research-based cognitive and motor activities to alert or calm the mind.

Live demonstrations of brain-based techniques you can use at home, in the office and in the classroom.

Live music with composer Nacho Arimany, co-producer of inTime with Sheila Allen and Alex Doman of Advanced Brain Technologies.

Apply the latest neurocognitive science to learning and behavior

  • Easy to implement high-energy activities
  • Activities you can do without any equipment at all
  • Step-by step instructions provided in simple never before seen worksheets
  • Strategies to help difficult children become more interested and invested in learning
  • State-of the-art resources, books and links

What is neurocognition?

Why do we need to move to think?

How and why music improves learning

How to use a ball to alert or calm the brain

How to work smarter, not harder

How to activate the brain and calm the mind for better learning and behavior

How to enhance rhythm and timing for better memory, learning and behavior

Join us LIVE April 8, 2014 Brain-Based Parenting 1:00 pm Eastern

Join us LIVE April 8, 2014 Self-regulation 3:15 pm Eastern

Here are three activities to get you started.

1. What’s in the bag ~ Hide n Seek in a bag, what could be more delightful! Have child collect five objects they like, put them in bag one at a time, allow child to explore outside of bag with hands to determine what is inside.

2. Roll and release ~ Teach mood modulation with slow medium and fast seated ball rolling.

3. Let’s not do it ~ Consider an action that your child needs to reduce and practice not doing it. “Hold on, let’s not do it.” “What can we do instead?”

Hope to see you there!

150 Ways To Help Children Cope w Feelings via Kidlutions

Wendy FeelingsThis week I received an email from my friend Wendy Young and I wished to pass it along to you all. Wendy creates amazing ebooks and printables to provide parents, teachers and clinicians with tools you can use to raise more skillful children. In celebration of Social Work Month her products are on sale, a great deal for deep and useful content.
Feelings
Feelings. I help kids deal with them daily as a therapist. We all deal with them daily as human beings. Feelings have the ability to enhance our lives. They also have the knack to detract from our lives, when left unchecked, when overwhelming and when we don’t have the right tools to deal with them.
The Good News 

The good news is that tools do exist to deal with every shade of feeling we can experience.  These are tools we can teach our kids.  I’ve spent my career developing and honing these tools.  And I’ve also seen firsthand how these tools transform lives.

I’ve assembled more than 150 ways to help kids deal with overwhelming feelings, with links to hundreds of more resources.

Go HERE to find it all!

Best,

Wendy

 

Horses in The Winter #Olympics?

Allie n Belle Feb 2014I know we are celebrating the Winter #Olympics. But getting your exercise any way you can boosts your health and brain development. While it’s 40 in Sochi, it’s 80 in Scottsdale. We’d like to be skiing, but instead, we are riding.

Sylvia2Sylvia Zerbini is here with her Grand Liberty Stallions. This week, I had the honor of observing Sylvia teach a young teen how to communicate better with her horse. The messages she imparted were empowering, she ignited a sense of deep respect. Self-respect, respect for the horses and a unity between man and nature.

When I first saw Sylvia in Cavalia, I wondered how are these horses treated, are they circus animals? But for the past 14 days I have seen Sylvia with her horses up close and they are the best fed, loved and cared for horses one could know. They rest in their stalls with ease and grace. Sylvia speaks to them in their own language moving her body to draw lines they are not to cross, using her hand with the movement of a dancer to tell them where to go and how fast to move. They pine for her, coming up to the stall windows and looking for her like a child to a mother.  She walks past, touching, smiling with gentle re-assurance.

My anticipation was that stallions would be intense, loud and almost scary, but they are just the opposite. They are almost meditative. When the horses are in the paddock or arena with Sylvia, they literally come out to play as she runs, hops and dances with them.

Although, I have not asked her myself, I have been told that when Sylvia was young, her father would tell her she needed to work the horses before she could play. So she began to learn to work all of them at one time thus the evolution of Grand Liberty, an interplay of instinct that will stir your senses. Sylvia has a unique gift. She can speak with the horses. But the amazing part, is that we can as well. In her clinics and personal lessons she teaches us how to marry instinct with collaboration. Fearlessly, she teaches others all that she knows, making us stronger women, better leaders and more skillful horsemen.

Her message is communicate don’t dominate, something we all need more of in schools, communities, corporations and homes around the world.

Get Your “Fit” On ~ 15 min workouts

The Olympics makes me think a lot about college, a time when I could work out any moment I desired. I would do aerobics at 8 am after dancing til 2 am.  I’d walk miles across campus every day, I think I got about four hours of exercise every day. It felt great!

Now, if I can find 15 minutes in between writing, cooking, driving carpool, cleaning up after the bunny, feeding the horses and walking the dog, I feel I’ve succeeded. I found a few 15 min workouts and thought I’d share them with you all. The goal is to do them in the am and pm, getting some heart-healthy movement throughout the day bringing the laundry up and down the stairs, chasing the kids around and if we’re lucky, getting a run in.

Track your workouts with our Daily Health Planner (click).

Download The Free Participant Guide with 30+ Recipes (click).

Ready to work out right now? Fitness Blender has many free videos on YouTube. Here’s a workout for all our #OlympicDads, moms and kids. Remember to get your yearly physical exam and speak with your doctor before you begin any exercise program. Get your “fit” on!

We’re Proud of You Too! #OlympicMoms #OlympicDads

Yesterday on my private Facebook, a mom of seven posted the most touching video about her struggle to manage her “demons” making her a healthier, happier, more available mom. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how brave and honest she was.  She told the story of how she has joined other moms in exercising, eating well and reducing her comfort habits, those that were not serving her well. We all have those, we understand. But most of us do not talk about them publicly in our bathrobes, crying in a closet, I’ll never forget that image, her honesty was inspiring. “I’m so proud of myself,” she exclaimed. “We’re proud of you as well,” I said aloud. As I watched her video, I wanted a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast but I went downstairs and had a green salad with grilled chicken, Kalamata olives, carrots and artichoke hearts. We have support and encouragement for you as well.

Inspired by the Olympics 15 experts joined together to provide meal plans, recipes and activities for family fun. You can download the Participants Guide HERE.

Recipes Week 1 #OM

For direct info from the generous experts click on their links.

Sue Atkins is a Parenting Expert and the author of Parenting Made Easy
www.sueatkinsparentingcoach.com @SueAtkins www.facebook.com/SueAtkinsTheParentingExpert www.youtube.com/user/sueatkins1

Gill Connell  is a Mum, Grandmum, Teacher, International Lecturer, Author and Consultant and founder of Moving Smart movingsmartblog.blogspot.com @movingsmart www.facebook.com/movingsmart www.pinterest.com/movingsmartnow/moving-smart

Amanda Frolich an expert in childhood physical development and the founder of Amanda’s Action Club www.amandasactionclub.co.uk @actionamanda www.facebook.com/amandasactionclub

Annie Fox, M.Ed is an internationally respected parenting expert, family coach and trusted online adviser for teens  www.anniefox.com @Annie_Fox www.facebook.com/AnnieFox.author  www.pinterest.com/annielfox www.youtube.com/user/AnnieLFox

Aviva Goldfarb is a family dinner expert and founder of The Six O’Clock Scramble, an online dinner planning solution for busy parents www.thescramble.com @thescramble  www.pinterest.com/thescramble

Lynne Kenney, PsyD is a mom of two, a pediatric psychologist, international speaker, author and media host www.lynnekenney.com @drlynnekenney www.facebook.com/DrLynneKenney www.pinterest.com/lynnekenney www.youtube.com/LynneKenney

Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian, Mom and Founder of Real Mom Nutrition www.realmomnutrition.com @RMNutrition www.facebook.com/realmomnutrition  www.pinterest.com/RMNutrition

Lori Lite is the founder of Stress Free Kids, author of Stress Free Kids: A Parent’s Guide, www.StressFreeKids.com @StressFreeKids www.facebook.com/stressfreekids www.pinterest.com/stressfreekids

Kelly Loubet is a Social Media Strategist and Community Builder everydaychildhood.com @childhood www.facebook.com/KellyLoubet www.pinterest.com/childhood

Deb McNelis is an Early Brain Development Specialist and author of The Brain Development Series @braininsights Early Childhood Brain Insights Blog www.braininsightsonline.com  www.pinterest.com/braininsights

Beth Onufrak, PhD is a Child Psychologist and Parent Educator @drbethkids A Child In Mind Blog

EA Stewart, MBA, RD is Owner of Spicy RD Nutrition www.eastewart.com/blog/ @thespicyrd www.facebook.com/thespicyrd www.pinterest.com/thespicyrd/  instagram.com/thespicyrd

Amy Valpone is a Personal Chef and Marketing Consultant specializing in simple Gluten Free ‘clean’ recipes thehealthyapple.com @TheHealthyApple www.facebook.com/TheHealthyApple.com www.pinterest.com/thehealthyapple

Christy Wilson, RD is a Registered Dietitian, Mom and Nutrition Consultant specializing in recipes families love ChristyWilsonNutrition.com @ChristysChomp www.instagram.com/christywil74 www.pinterest.com/christywilsonrd

Wendy Young, LMSW is a mom of three, a Licensed Master Social Worker, Founder of Kidlutions and co-author of BLOOM www.kidlutions.com @kidlutions www.pinterest.com/kidlutions www.facebook.com/kidlutions www.youtube.com/user/Kidlutions

What is #OlympicMoms

For the next 14 days my blog will be dedicated to the Olympics. We were encouraged by a mom who wanted more play time, a better exercise plan and more whole food to create an international community of moms who could support one another for better health, fitness and family fun inspired by the Olympics.  I wrote to 15 international experts in food, nutrition, family & exercise and asked if they would share recipes, meal plans, fitness tips and children’s activities with us for FREE during the Olympics. The response was overwhelming. Recipes, stress-free living tips and more came pouring in. Thank you warmly to our experts.

We are all #OlympicMoms and #OlympicDads who for 14 days will eat better, play with our children more and exercise daily in order to jump-start a year of health and wellness within our families. Anyone can participate.

Download our #OlympicMoms Participant Guide, from Slide Share, print out the Health Plan page and start sharing, communicating and lifting other parents up with your helpful eating, fitness and family fun tips. For all the expert content in one place visit our Social Hub. We like and appreciate dads as well, join us!

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