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Stress-Proof Your Kids. Elizabeth Walther, LCSW Creating Body Intelligence. Ask your child how they are feeling or what is going on inside If your child says that she is upset ask her where is the “upset” in her body Ask him to point to where it is in the body

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stress proof your kids

Stress-Proof Your Kids

Elizabeth Walther, LCSW

creating body intelligence
Creating Body Intelligence

Ask your child how they are feeling or what is going on inside

If your child says that she is upset ask her where is the “upset” in her body

Ask him to point to where it is in the body

Ask if the “upset” has a shape or color or if it looks like anything

Ask if there is any part of the body that feels better

Have them describe what they notice about that part

Observe the shifts in your child’s state

Teaching kids the language of sensation

Elizabeth Walther, LCSW

language of sensation
Language of Sensation

Adapted by Elaine Miller-Karas (TRM) from the original work by Pat Ogden

Elizabeth Walther, LCSW

how to prepare
How to prepare..
  • Anticipatory guidance – talk through all the steps
  • Practice sensory language and games
  • Read books about Feelings and talk about the body sensations associated with those feelings
  • Begin to recognize your child’s body language and talk about it with your child
  • Help your child come up with resources – what would feel better right now

Elizabeth Walther, LCSW

how to repair
How to Repair…

Make sure you have calmed yourself before attending to your child – your stress will only add to your child’s stress.

Have quiet time with your child, hold and/or rock your child, if appropriate.

Talk to your child about the physical sensations they experienced during the stressful event

Be supportive of your child’s experience of an event. Validate their physical and emotional response.

Remind your child that the event is over and they are safe, comfortable, ok.

Remind your child that they made it through the stressful experience and acknowledge this as an accomplishment.

Acknowledging rather than fixing

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body mapping what you need paper markers
Body Mappingwhat you need: paper, markers

Draw an outline of a body or draw an outline of your child on a large paper

Have child identify 4 feelings

Pick a color to represent each feeling

Ask child to color where in their body they experience the feeling

For older children, have them draw how they experience the feeling (zigzag, waves, dark lines, spirals…)

Elizabeth Walther, LCSW

spider web what you need yarn paper pen tape
Spider WebWhat you need: yarn, paper, pen, tape
  • Ask your child to list for you all the things that are causing stress
  • If your child is old enough have the child write down the stresses on a piece of paper. If your child is younger, then you can write them down
  • Cut the stresses into strips
  • Have your child pull out a length of yarn as big as the stress feels
  • Tape paper describing the stress to the yarn, then tape the yarn to the wall. Let your child choose the placement on the wall if possible
  • Have the lengths of yarn overlap each other to show the interconnectedness of our worries

Elizabeth Walther, LCSW

reading list
Reading List
  • Parenting from the Inside Out – Daniel Siegle
  • The Neurobiology of We – Daniel Siegle
  • Trauma through the Eyes of a Child – Peter Levine
  • Trauma and the Body – Pat Ogden & Kekuni Minton
  • Waking the Tiger – Peter Levine
  • The Way I Feel – Janan Cain

Elizabeth Walther, LCSW