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World Mental Health Day 2021 | Making Mental Health a Priority

World Mental Health Day is about raising awareness and educating the young minds of this globe about mental health issues and maintaining mental health.

The Benefits of Weighted Blankets

Sometimes when a child is feeling stressed or anxious, they just want a big hug, but at the same time they don’t want to be touched. So how can you help them? Have you ever heard of or tried weighted blankets? It feels like a comforting hug and can help a child feel secure.

The Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is an exercise that includes movement of the body into specific poses combined with slow deep breathing. It is a healthy and active way to relax your body and mind, but the list of benefits goes far beyond relaxation.

The Benefits of Weighted Blankets

The Benefits of Weighted Blankets

Sometimes when a child is feeling stressed or anxious, they just want a big hug, but at the same time they don’t want to be touched. So how can you help them? Have you ever heard of or tried weighted blankets? It feels like a comforting hug and can help a child feel secure.

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The Benefits of Yoga

The Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is an exercise that includes movement of the body into specific poses combined with slow deep breathing. It is a healthy and active way to relax your body and mind, but the list of benefits goes far beyond relaxation.

read more
Benefits of Meditation

Benefits of Meditation

The world is an unfamiliar place right now causing stress and anxiety to rise in everyone, including our children. Finding time and ways to reduce these is imperative to our children mental health. Meditation has many benefits to improve overall health and well-being.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness Made Simple

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness Made Simple

You may be asking what cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is? Well put simply, cognitive behavioural therapy is a short-term therapy that focuses on one particular problem with set goals in place. You will learn techniques and strategies in order to reach your goals. With mental health on a decline due to Covid19 you may not be able to seek treatment from a professional so here are some tools that you can do with the children at school or in the home. These tools are beneficial for everyone to work on strengthening their mental health and mindfulness.

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“Butterfly Hug” Technique

“Butterfly Hug” Technique

Life events and our daily stressors can have the potential to create a situation in which our emotions become a destructive form of anxiety. These destructive emotions include but are not limited to a racing heart, obsessive thinking and, inability to breathe.
The “Butterfly Hug” method was introduced to help lighten these emotions. This method is a therapeutic intervention to help relax and calm these rapidly destructive emotions.

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Helping Children Understand Their Emotions with Mood Cards

Helping Children Understand Their Emotions with Mood Cards

Moods and emotions can be big feelings that even some adults have trouble understanding so we cannot expect children to be masters of theirs. There are many ways in which we can help children understand what they are feelings, such as role modeling, through pretend play, and mood cards. In this blog we will be focusing on mood cards, what they are and how to use them.

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Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Children have just as much stress, frustration, and/or anxiety as most adults but are not able to understand or control it in the moment. During moments of stress and anxiety children tend to tense up certain muscle groups unknowingly and have a challenging time relaxing them. This can lead to the children being in a state of high anxiety for longer periods of time.

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Local Hikes and Hidden Gems for Family Fun

Local Hikes and Hidden Gems for Family Fun

Winter lockdown doesn’t have to mean endless screen time and being stuck indoors. There are plenty of ways to get outside and explore the amazing secret hot spots of nature, art and culture that South Etobicoke has to offer. Here are my top 3 local hikes to explore with my own family and our students at Oak Learners!

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A Mindful Approach to Calming Back to School Nerves

A Mindful Approach to Calming Back to School Nerves

It’s no surprise that anxiety and mental health concerns are top of mind for back to school season in 2020. This year has been full of stops and starts and so much uncertainty. When our own worries about health and safety are skyrocketing, how can we help our children stay balanced and calmer? The answer lies in building emotional regulation skills by adding daily mindfulness practice into our routines.

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How to Make a Stress Ball: Only 2 Ingredients!

How to Make a Stress Ball: Only 2 Ingredients!

Stress balls are fun to squeeze and play with, and also offer an opportunity for students to engage with their senses, regulate their emotions, and increase their focus and concentration while doing school work or other activities. Watch the video or follow the steps below to make a stress ball!

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Interactive Yoga for Preschoolers, with Doran!

Interactive Yoga for Preschoolers, with Doran!

Interactive yoga for preschoolers is a fantastic way to start your day. Jumping and stretching are energizing and you can never go wrong!In this video...   Set up your yoga mat if you have one, along with any yoga cards you might have  (If you have them) Ask your...

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Spring Wonder Walks

Spring Wonder Walks

The weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining brighter and it helps us all feel a little bit better each day. It’s the perfect time to get outside and take a walk!

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Shifting Families from Chaos to Calm

Shifting Families from Chaos to Calm

The Secret Tool that Can Instantly Shift Families from Chaos to Calm (and for some reason, nobody seems to ever talk about it) “Did you brush your teeth?” “Don’t forget to pack your gym clothes.” No TV right now, hurry up and eat your cereal.” “Did you put your trip...

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The Importance of Teaching Kids Mental Monologues

The Importance of Teaching Kids Mental Monologues

Written by: Kelly Letros - Behaviour Therapist During spring break, I was enthused to spend my week with children who had registered for a week-long camp program. Daily, they were running to and fro through the corridors of the centre, from one pre-planned activity to...

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Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day

Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day

We live in a changing world, where it is becoming ever-important to take steps towards conserving the Earth’s resources for generations to come. At our school, environmental awareness has always been a priority for both staff and students alike. Through participation...

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Mindfulness Tips to Start Your Day

Mindfulness Tips to Start Your Day

Whether you are the type of person who wakes up ready to take on the world, or the type of person who needs time and space to prepare for the day, adding a few moments of mindfulness practice to your morning routine can make all the difference to your mindset for the...

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