Supporting Mental Health
Evidenced-Based Practice: Anna Freud national centre for Children and Families
We all have Mental Health https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxIDKZHW3-E Suitable for children – recognising mental health and that it’s normal and ok to have a mix of positive and negative emotions.
Learning to recognise emotions PART 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeNY-RxDJig Children are encouraged to guess how the person might be feeling and to name the emotions. Suitable for young children.
Guess and Learn Emotions and Feelings Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpZEfA4glPw Part 2 provides more challenging and complex emotions to explore with your child.
Learning feelings and emotions for Preschool children https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37w9JjUWN30
Losing Control of our emotions? Explores how people can react to problems and why. Suitable for adults and older young people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bKuoH8CkFc
Alfred & Shadow – A short story about emotions (education psychology health animation) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJOjpprbfeE Explores what emotions are, how emotions and reactions can be changed. Suitable for some children, but check first as the terms used may not suitable for younger children.
Anger Management in 5 easy steps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbpTohPUhMw Techniques to help support your child to manage their anger using the ABCD approach.
How to build your child’s self-esteem and raise a confident child https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9suSfswtNws Simple tips and strategies to support you in supporting your child.
Self-regulation Games by Kreative Leadership https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_O1brYwdSY Supports parents in identifying if their child has developed or needs to develop the skill of self-regulation. It includes identification, and some simple games you can play to help your children improve their ability to self-regulate.
Japanese method to relax in 5 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3-O7gPsQK0
Developing Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are achieved when children learn to use their smaller muscles, like muscles in the hands, fingers, and wrists. Children use their fine motor skills when writing, holding small items, buttoning clothing, turning pages, eating, cutting with scissors, and using computer keyboards.
Little Learners – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCraBbapvgSgtvV9_pJ9O0OQ
This YouTube channel provides a range of simple videos on sensory play. Making sensory resources, basic phonics and language development.
12 Activities using recycled bottle caps to develop fine motor skills – please monitor younger children or those who are sensory seeking to ensure they do not swallow the bottle caps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX91C141q5g
Fine Motor Activities with Slimes! from Paediatric Therapy Network
Bilateral Coordination for Children from the Paediatric Therapy Network
Bilateral coordination is the ability to use both sides of the body at the same time. Here are three activities that strengthen these skills!
3 Hand Strengthening Activities from the Paediatric Therapy Network
Hand and finger strength is important for children to participate in everyday activities such as fastening buttons or snaps on clothing, writing a paragraph, tying shoes, cutting food, or climbing monkey bars. Here are three hand and finger strengthening activities that are easy to do at home!
Developing Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor skills are involved in movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts and movements. The following videos should give you an idea of different activities and circuits you can make using these you have around the home. Mix them up and create different levels of challenge and interest. Involve your child in setting the circuits up if you can and model to them how to complete the circuits.
Active Play for Kids – Gross Motor Activity – Cheap and Easy
15 Gross Motor At-Home Activities with Painter’s Tape from the Paediatric Therapy Network https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76mgTjInf-Y
9 Gross Motor At-home Activities with Pillows from the Paediatric Therapy Network
8 At-Home Gross Motor Activities Using Towels and Sheets
Sensory Play & Sensory Circuits
Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing. Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.
How to do sensory circuits for beginners tutorial
Learn the basics about sensory circuits, how to do them and a demonstration showing a circuit full of examples. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EpBSD3dJnM
Doing a sensory Circuit at home from Shenstone School Staff
Easy & Educational Sensory Play Activities This video is aimed at toddlers but will be suitable for sensory seeking children of any age. It shows different ways to stimulate your child’s senses with sensory play! Sensory play is so important for a child’s development https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjk-F8Q0hcY
Making Sensory Bottle
- Calming Jars – A quick and easy tutorial showing you how to make the infamous Sensory Bottle! Also known as ‘Calming Jars’, these bottles are great for helping to calm babies and children, as well as sensory stimulation for children and adults with Autism and other Special Needs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7zp7KbxbKY
Sensory Play – Glow stick bath
Occupational Therapy at Home
Sensory integration therapy aims to help kids with sensory processing issues (which some people may refer to as “sensory integration disorder”) by exposing them to sensory stimulation in a structured, repetitive way.
Sensory Processing Disorder: Example of Therapy Session – you could look to use some of these activities at home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUdsgQGHSR8