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Prevention Activities for Children

Prevention Activities for Children

Update: 2020-12-232
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Explore PACER strategies to help children develop tools to stay healthy and happy

Motivation

~ 5 Dimensions

~ Physical: Energy, comfort, health

~ Affective: Happy

~ Cognitive: Why is it something you would want to do?

~ Environmental: Prompts/Triggers; star charts; token economies

~ Relational: How will it make [caregiver] happy

~ Other

~ Seek first to understand then to be understood

~ Create a win-win

Overview

~ Ill health and poor health behaviors contribute to poor mental health

~ Poor mental health contributes to poor health behaviors and illness

~ Developing good habits early can help protect the vulnerable developing brain and body from unnecessary insults.

Physical Interventions for Mental Health

~ Sleep 1, 2

~ Symptoms: Moodiness, irritability, tantrums, hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating, loss of motivation, clingy/needy, difficulty learning

~ Stick to a sleep routine and make it rewarding (make a picture list)

~ Tuck in dolls/action figures or put the dog to bed

~ Read a book

~ Share 5 good things from the day

~ Nutrition

~ Hydration: Frozen fruit ice cubes/popsicles

~ Antioxidants: Eat colorfully—Food art

~ Low Glycemic Index: Kids cookbooks


Physical:

~ Exercise

~ Yoga

~ Jump rope

~ Dancing

~ Hide and seek

~ Scavenger hunt

~ Balloon toss

~ Sports

~ Dodgeball

~ Kick ball

~ Hula Hoop

~ Park

~ Twister

~ Exercise ball/Bouncy balls


~ Obesity management

~ Pain management

~ Guided imagery

~ Volume

~ Light/color

~ Healing elves

Affective

~ Emotion identification, understanding its function and trigger awareness

~ Emoticon cards with activities on the back

~ Taboo

~ Jenga block game—(Pick a colored block and show me, or tell me what makes you feel…)

~ Emotion collage: What does ____ look like OR What makes you feel ___

~ Emotion animal

~ What is TV character feeling?


Affective: CHATS (Temporary)

~ Distress tolerance and coping skills (Skills path)

~ Comparisons to:

~ Others who are not doing as well

~ Times when you have been worse off

~ Times you have handled similarly difficult situations (Courage book)

~ Hardiness: Commitment, Control and Challenge

~ Gratitude tree

~ Rock Balance

~ Rock Rucksack


Affective: CHATS

~ Activities that distract or produce positive emotions

~ Sing

~ Tell jokes

~ Take a bubble bath

~ Bounce/throw a ball

~ Read

~ Play a video or board game

~ Art

~ Guided imagery (5 things you see, 5 things you hear) make a video or audio recording


Affective: CHATS

~ Thought stopping

~ Envision a superhero or forcefield protecting you from the thoughts so you cannot hear them. Draw it.

~ Sing a song

~ God/Universe jar

~ Write it down to get it out of your head

~ Sensations

~ Breath dragon (paper cup)

~ Blow bubbles

~ Dandelion breath

~ Candle breathing contest…how far away can you get

~ Harmonica (loud and breathing)

~ Race


Cognitive

~ Mindfulness

~ 5-4-3-2-1

~ 5 best/worst things

~ Daily review and processing

~ How I feel right now physically, emotionally and what I need

~ Positivity

~ Dinner time focus

~ Journaling/drawing

~ Psychological flexibility: Accept what is and improve the next moment

Cognitive

~ Problem solving skills

~ Duct tape, gum, paper clip, box, soda bottle

~ Ask the child for help

~ Health Literacy

~ Read books together

~ Make menus

~ Put together a first aid kit

~ Act out positive health behaviors with action figures

~ What does Superman need to do to stay healthy

~ What is Dolly doing today to stay healthy


Cognitive

~ Scaffolding

~ Have the child create step charts

~ Teach back

~ Goal setting– Easy as 1-2-3

~ Start with the end in mind

~ What is the first thing you need to do

~ Dealing with the Inner Critic: Puppets/action figures


Environmental

~ Safety Inspector: What makes you feel unsafe and what can we do to help you feel safe?

~ Safety game: Use a Chutes and Ladders board. Each time you land on a person you draw a “situation card” If it is an up then they need to answer correctly to go up. If it is a down, then if they answer correctly they do not have to slide down.


Environmental

~ Colors:

~ What color do you feel? Why?

~ Color theme drawing/painting

~ Scents:

~ How does the scent make you feel and why?

~ Bake/bring in a bunch of flowers

~ Think of a happy time. What did you smell?

~ Touch

~ Hugs

~ Textures

Relational

~ Attachment: CRAVES Consistency, Responsiveness, Attention, Validation, Encouragement, Support

~ Empathy

~ Puppets

~ Story narration

~ Television/movies/pets

~ Self-Esteem

~ About me collage/scrapbook

~ Ad campaign

~ Self-esteem jar


Relational

~ Communication Skills

~ Clarity (observable/measurable)

~ I-statements

~ Assertiveness

~ Find aggression in TV/movies and tell me what assertive would look like

~ Love language days: Time, Touch, Gifts, Service, Affirmation

~ Each person in the family makes a list

~ Healthy Boundaries: Empathize and validate

~ Relationship Skills (perspective taking, not overpersonalizing or mind reading, conflict resolution)

~ Role play


Summary

~ It is never too early to start teaching behaviors that will contribute to health and mental health.

~ Improving health literacy can be fun

~ By teaching, encouraging and modeling HRBs the entire family or classroom can enjoy improved health and happiness.

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Prevention Activities for Children

Prevention Activities for Children

Charles Snipes