Mental Health - Anxiety and Worries Group intervention

Mental Health - Anxiety and Worries Group intervention

The intervention Who is if for? This Anxiety and Worries Group intervention is for a group of up to six children and is led by a teaching assistant. The focus age range would be 7 to 11, although older pupils would probably benefit from this intervention. Children who worry a lot would be a good focus group for this intervention. It runs for approximately 40-60 minutes, weekly for six weeks. What does it cover? This Anxiety and Worries Group intervention covers emotions, relaxation, calming down techniques and learning objectives around anxiety and worries. Children will learn about emotions during each session and will also learn relaxation and calming techniques through the ‘relaxation time’. This knowledge and these skills will help them to become more emotionally literate. The warm-up games teach a variety of skills such as co-operation, team work, taking turns, communication skills, friendship, self-esteem and confidence. The coming together of a group fosters a sense of belonging and therefore raises self-esteem. Every opportunity should be taken to promote belonging and friendship. Relaxation exercises will help children to manage their anxiety and these are visited each session. Information on Anxieties and worries It is important to mention that anxiety is such a big problem and affects people in different ways and at different things. Sometimes there appears to be no reason for the anxiety. This intervention is about giving children the knowledge to help themselves and to gain a little understanding about what anxiety is. It is NOT about fixing children’s problems but about supporting them through their problems. Anxiety work needs to be done by professionals who have training in counselling or psychology. An ELSA or TA can offer knowledge and support and it is important that this line is not crossed and boundaries are clear. By giving children the self-awareness, knowledge and some relaxation skills you are empowering them to help themselves cope. If you are ever worried about a child then please do refer them on to professional services so they can get the help they need. What’s included in the pack? A planning booklet with 6 session plans. Circle time rules Warm up games for circle-time Assessments Emotion wheels Emotion wordmat Certificates Five Star Breathing poster NEEDS to know Poster Emotion cards NEEDS to know cards Anxiety physical symptoms cards Where in your body worksheet Anxiety cards Coping strategies poster Worry tree Thought bubbles (ants) Changing those thoughts worksheet Zap anxiety poster My Five a day plan ELSA/Teaching Assistant notes
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Mind Monsters -Anger management intervention

Mind Monsters -Anger management intervention

Teach your children about Anger Management with this resource. This resource consists of a Powerpoint show which can be delivered to a whole class, group or individual child. When done with an individual child, the partner talk would be with the adult who is running the session. There is also a PDF of the Powerpoint show so could be delivered without a computer and an anger diary which consists of one page (duplicated 7 times) but you could print off more if needed. This is a full anger intervention in one powerpoint show. It looks at: Triggers Thoughts and feelings Physical sensations Actions Rules Vocabulary Scaling Calming and relaxation techniques The anger firework
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Match it! - emotional literacy, emotional intelligence, mental health, emotions

Match it! - emotional literacy, emotional intelligence, mental health, emotions

This is a matching game using emotions from different nationalities. Of course it has the underlying message that we all feel emotions no matter who you are, where you live or whatever your skin colour is. Included in the pack: A game board A feelings mat in colour and black and white worksheets covering all the emotions shown in boy version and girl version Each child throws a die and moves that number of places. If they land on a ‘child’ they must match that emotion to their mat. They can circle it on their mat with a dry wipe pen. Encourage them to name the emotion. This could be extended to ‘Tell me a time when you felt like that’. If they land on an instruction then they must move that number of places either forwards or backwards. The winner is the person who has circled the most emotions on their mat when everyone has reached the end of the game board. The feelings mat could also be used as an emotional register or a prompt for including emotions in their writing. There is a set of worksheets for each emotion (boy and girl version) to explore the child’s emotion in more detail. It is simply drawing a picture and writing a sentence or two.
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Emotions Intervention - Mental Health, emotional intelligence, emotional literacy

Emotions Intervention - Mental Health, emotional intelligence, emotional literacy

This intervention is written for a group of six children and is led by an ELSA or teaching assistant. It covers recognising, labelling and expressing the six basic emotions. It is written for children from 4-7 but could also be useful for children with autism or special needs. The sessions last for approximately 40 to 60 minutes. The intervention covers the six basic emotions of happy, sad, angry, scared, surprised and disgusted. A pre and post assessment is filled in by the class teacher at the beginning and end of the intervention. The assessments we use are enclosed with this pack. These assessments cover other areas of emotional literacy and social skills but are a good indicator of any other problems that the child may have. Please choose which ones you want to use. You may have other generic assessments that you use but it is important to try and track progress however you choose to do it. Often when a child takes part in this type of intervention other skills are developed too. For example social skills, sharing, co-operating, teamwork and self-esteem to name a few. It is a good idea to keep a book, like a learning journey to stick the children’s work in. This is a brilliant way of sharing with parents and teachers things that the children are doing with you. All the paper resources are included in this pack. You will need a large sheet of paper for week 6 and a cuddly teddy and hoops for week 2. Learning objectives are as follows: I can recognise and name the six basic emotions I can understand the reasons why I might feel different emotions I can give examples of when I felt happy and sad I can give examples of when I felt angry and scared I can give examples of when I felt surprised and disgusted I can tell you about some of the physical sensations I get when I feel an emotion
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Personalised Story pack 2 - Social skills

Personalised Story pack 2 - Social skills

The pack includes: 10 different stories – which can be personalised with a photo and a name. These are available in a girl version and boy version where needed. Prompt cards – these take the key points from the story which can be put on a keyring and used often to remind children of what they are trying to achieve Target sheet – Children colour a star and number each time they hit their target. Certificate – Children get to take a certificate home when they have filled in the 5 stars on the target sheet.
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Mental Health - Anxiety and Worries Group intervention

Mental Health - Anxiety and Worries Group intervention

The intervention Who is if for? This Anxiety and Worries Group intervention is for a group of up to six children and is led by a teaching assistant. The focus age range would be 7 to 11, although older pupils would probably benefit from this intervention. Children who worry a lot would be a good focus group for this intervention. It runs for approximately 40-60 minutes, weekly for six weeks. What does it cover? This Anxiety and Worries Group intervention covers emotions, relaxation, calming down techniques and learning objectives around anxiety and worries. Children will learn about emotions during each session and will also learn relaxation and calming techniques through the ‘relaxation time’. This knowledge and these skills will help them to become more emotionally literate. The warm-up games teach a variety of skills such as co-operation, team work, taking turns, communication skills, friendship, self-esteem and confidence. The coming together of a group fosters a sense of belonging and therefore raises self-esteem. Every opportunity should be taken to promote belonging and friendship. Relaxation exercises will help children to manage their anxiety and these are visited each session. Information on Anxieties and worries It is important to mention that anxiety is such a big problem and affects people in different ways and at different things. Sometimes there appears to be no reason for the anxiety. This intervention is about giving children the knowledge to help themselves and to gain a little understanding about what anxiety is. It is NOT about fixing children’s problems but about supporting them through their problems. Anxiety work needs to be done by professionals who have training in counselling or psychology. An ELSA or TA can offer knowledge and support and it is important that this line is not crossed and boundaries are clear. By giving children the self-awareness, knowledge and some relaxation skills you are empowering them to help themselves cope. If you are ever worried about a child then please do refer them on to professional services so they can get the help they need. What’s included in the pack? A planning booklet with 6 session plans. Circle time rules Warm up games for circle-time Assessments Emotion wheels Emotion wordmat Certificates Five Star Breathing poster NEEDS to know Poster Emotion cards NEEDS to know cards Anxiety physical symptoms cards Where in your body worksheet Anxiety cards Coping strategies poster Worry tree Thought bubbles (ants) Changing those thoughts worksheet Zap anxiety poster My Five a day plan ELSA/Teaching Assistant notes
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Christmas 'ABOUT ME' Book -Social and Emotional Learning

Christmas 'ABOUT ME' Book -Social and Emotional Learning

'About me' Christmas book- This is a FREE resource with lots of activities to do on the run up to Christmas. The focus is social and emotional learning with a bit of mindfulness too! There are 25 pages in all and it can be printed as a booklet or just use the sheets you require. Titles have been left as outlines to allow children to colour.
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Personalised Story pack - Social Skills

Personalised Story pack - Social Skills

This pack of resources will help children with common social skill problems. There are 10 stories included in this pack. The pack includes: 10 different stories – which can be personalised with a photo and a name. These are available in a girl version and boy version where needed. Prompt cards – these take the key points from the story which can be put on a keyring and used often to remind children of what they are trying to achieve Target sheet – Children colour a star and number each time they hit their target. Certificate – Children get to take a certificate home when they have filled in the 5 stars on the target sheet. Here are the stories included in the pack Saying sorry – Story Prompt cards, Target sheet, Certificate Using my kind hands – Story Prompt cards, Target sheet, Certificate Using my kind feet – Story Prompt cards, Target sheet, Certificate Not ok to hit or hurt others – Story Prompt cards, Target sheet, Certificate Shouting out in class – Story Prompt cards, Target sheet, Certificate Someone doesn’t want to play with me – Story Prompt cards, Target sheet, Certificate Someone doesn’t agree with me – Story Prompt cards, Target sheet, Certificate Personal space – Story Prompt cards, Target sheet, Certificate Showing I care – Story Prompt cards, Target sheet, Certificate Being a good sport – Story Prompt cards, Target sheet, Certificate
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CBT Thoughts, Feelings, Actions

CBT Thoughts, Feelings, Actions

This resource explores lots of different emotions to allow children to see the connection their thoughts have with their feelings, physical sensations and actions. When you think happy thoughts it makes you feel better both physically and mentally and your actions are more positive as opposed to when you think worrying thoughts or angry thoughts. This resource, through exploration of these thoughts and feelings will give you a base to help children change their thoughts and see how that makes them feeling and act differently. There are 40 sheets altogether covering 20 emotions. Girl clipart and boy clipart is used so you can choose which to use with the child you are working with.
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Self esteem Animal Strength cards

Self esteem Animal Strength cards

Strength cards are a brilliant way of raising self-esteem in children. Please see below for lots of ideas on how to use them. There are lots of ways of using them to help boost a child’s self esteem. They help children to name and recognise their inner strengths. Great for the child who is shy or doesn’t want to speak out in front of others. Lay all the strength cards out and ask the child to pick five strengths that represent them. In a group situation, ask one child to sit in the centre of the circle and the rest of the children have to pick five strengths that represent that child. In a group situation, give each child a white board and pen and go through the strength cards. The children can write five on their whiteboards. Pick one of your strength cards and decide how you are going to use that strength – today, tomorrow, next week, next year? Pick one of the strengths that you want to be. For example if you decide you want to be a good team player. How can you achieve that? Make a plan. Pick someone you admire, it might be a footballer, a singer, a film star, a family member or a friend, what strengths do they have? Put the cards face down, ask a child to pick one. Discuss the card. Does he/she know anyone with that strength? Do they have that strength? Would they want that strength? Ask the child to design their own strength card. What image would it have? What would the strength be? Use the strength cards as affirmations. Use the five cards the child has chosen and get them to say ‘I am strong, I am thoughtful, I am wise, I am musical, I am kind’. Put them in a little box and the child must look at them daily and repeat the affirmations. Pick one strength card such as ‘affectionate’. Who do they know who is Affectionate? Discuss. This could also be a group discussion.
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Mindfulness and Relaxation Bingo Set 1

Mindfulness and Relaxation Bingo Set 1

Each child is given a Bingo base board and a set of counters. Cut up the word cards and read out the ‘I can’ statement. The child looks for that statement on their board and covers it with a counter. Continue until someone has a straight line horizontally, vertically or diagonally. There is also a board for children to choose 3 ideas that they will try to help them relax and be more mindful. There is a set of image cards, image cards plus I can statement to print off and the child can stick them to their base board to take away at the end of the session. Other ideas to use this game: Matching pairs game with pictures Matching pairs game with pictures and ‘I can’ statement Print out the cards and put on a keyring as a reminder As a stimulus for discussion Set 2 is available from my Shop
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Mindfulness and Relaxation Bingo Set 2

Mindfulness and Relaxation Bingo Set 2

Each child is given a Bingo base board and a set of counters. Cut up the word cards and read out the ‘I can’ statement. The child looks for that statement on their board and covers it with a counter. Continue until someone has a straight line horizontally, vertically or diagonally. There is also a board for children to choose 3 ideas that they will try to help them relax and be more mindful. There is a set of image cards, image cards plus I can statement to print off and the child can stick them to their base board to take away at the end of the session. Other ideas to use this game: Matching pairs game with pictures Matching pairs game with pictures and ‘I can’ statement Print out the cards and put on a keyring as a reminder As a stimulus for discussion Set 1 is available from my shop
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Emotional Literacy and Social Skills crafts Volume 1

Emotional Literacy and Social Skills crafts Volume 1

Children relax when they are working on a craft and to be honest I do not know of a child who does not enjoy crafts especially when it is with someone who is interested in them and interested in what they say. They will open up to you and talk freely whilst enjoying themselves. These activities are also perfect for an ELSA or Teaching assistant who has to do a one off session with a child or who has to work reactively to a situation. When children succeed in an activity then their self efficacy increases. They begin to believe in themselves. Along with your encouragement and praise they will begin to have a ‘can do’ attitude. It takes time but if anyone ever says to you that what you are doing is just ‘crafting and having fun’ WHAT are they learning? You can tell them. The resource includes: Card crafts (20 activities) Templates (13 templates or resources) Front cover, contents sheet
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Transition Lapbook Template pack

Transition Lapbook Template pack

Transition to another school or class – My idea for this is that this can be built with a child, combining lessons and creativity and craft. Each component can be a lesson or part of a lesson. It is something for the child to take away at the end of your sessions. You could easily fill 4 to 6 lessons with what is in this lapbook. There are two versions, one in black and white so the child can colour the lettering etc and one in colour where they can just cut and stick. There are two alternative back covers which you can choose to add to the lapbook. One is a game about ‘Changes’ and the other is a weekly feelings diary. Of course you could add one of those to the back cover and just use the other separately. This resource could be a fantastic end of term project for a Year 6 teacher. The children will love all the little pockets and will be making something to be proud of. Included in the transition lapbook is: Name – child writes their name in a colourful way – they could write in bubble writing or decorate it anyway they wish. Picture– either take a photo of the child to stick here or ask them to draw themselves. Front cover title – Moving on My new school or new class worries – What sort of things are they worried about? Use the little monster writing sheets for children to write down their worries to put in the little pocket. Discuss these at each session and help to reassure the child about the changes that will happen when they move class or school. Questions about my new school or class – This is a perfect opportunity to answer all those questions about the new school or class. My autograph and message book – Let them collect autographs and messages from friends to take on with them to the next school or class. My goals and targets – This is a little layered book. The child has to come up with a target for the rest of the term, a target for the summer holidays and a target for the new school or class. All about me tag book – Lots of questions to answer in this little tag book. Treasure chest – Includes concertina books with some prompts but also includes a blank so you can ask different questions. The treasure box could contain anything that the child wants to keep safe. They could pop some little photos in there too. A letter to my future self – What do they hope for in the future? How can they see themselves when they are in the next class or in their new school. What will they be doing? What will they have achieved? Will they have new friends? A letter could also be written telling their future self of what they are doing now, any of their concerns or worries etc. Friends – The child can write their friend’s name and finish the image to look like their friend. All their friends can fit into the little pocket. Changes game (back cover) Feelings diary (alternative back cover)
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Emotions Register - Emotional literacy, Emotional Intelligence, Social skills

Emotions Register - Emotional literacy, Emotional Intelligence, Social skills

To be mindful of children of ALL ages who would benefit from an emotions check in I have created this resource. It is suitable for children as young as 3 or 4 and as old as 16 or even older. The resources consists of: 14 base boards with different backgrounds light skinned emotion faces darker skinned emotion faces emoji faces small girl emotion character small boy emotion character
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Social and Emotional Support Assessments EXCEL and paper copies (School licence)

Social and Emotional Support Assessments EXCEL and paper copies (School licence)

These Social and Emotional Support EXCEL assessments are perfect for an ELSA or anyone else who needs to track progress and impact of intervention. It includes an excel file for tracking emotional skills, anxiety, social skills, growth mindset, independence, friendships and relationships, and self esteem. There is also a pupil questionnaire. These are so quick and easy to fill in. No calculating to do as it is all done for you. It is a matter of clicking a number for each statement. They will work on a computer or laptop but NOT on an IPAD or phone and you must have EXCEL installed on your computer. This download gives your school a licence to use these assessments. This means you only need to buy one for your school and everyone in your school can use it. The price listed is the price that needs to be paid for the school licence. Please do not add the TES school licence.
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Whole body listening bingo and poster - Social Skills

Whole body listening bingo and poster - Social Skills

This is ideal to play with groups of up to 8 children. Children will learn about good listening skills through playing this game and it will constantly reinforce those essential skills. Included in the pack: One poster for display in the classroom/ELSA area 8 bingo boards with the images in different places 1 set of calling cards
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