Calm and Connected Podcast
Summary: Calm and Connected is created by Janine Halloran, an experienced counselor and mom. Janine gives quick tips and helpful information about coping skills and play
As we all know, the pandemic has been incredibly draining on all of us therefore many of us have experienced major burn-out. This episode is all about recharging, refilling our cups and doing activities for ourselves so we can continue to raise our kids and be helpers to others who are also going through this. As they say on planes, you need to put on your own oxygen mask before your child’s i.e we need to make sure we’re looking after ourselves before we can help others. How do you recharge? For some it’s reading a book, for others it’s playing some really loud music to sing and dance around the kitchen to. Be sure to leave a review telling me how you recharge. In this episode I discuss 3 tips you can use to refill your cup; ‘No is a full sentence’, which includes my new mantra - “You can do anything but not everything”. Put yourself on your to-do list Find your own coping skills - and how modelling for kids can be so educational And remember, do not forget about yourself, take a few minutes for you and have a little fun!
In this episode I talk to leadership and play coach Karen Lock Kolp about some of my favorite topics; relaxation and play and how they’re heavily intertwined. We cover...
This week’s episode is all about using a reset space to support social and emotional development in the classroom. We’re approaching a new school year in this shifting, changing landscape of dealing with the pandemic and I've been thinking about the best way to support our kids through that. Now there are many variations on the name ‘reset space’ such as… Peace corner Calm spot Calming corner Relaxation station Reset space I gravitate more to the name ‘reset space’ as I like the idea that kids go into this area to reset then come back to the class. It’s not a punishment, it’s more about when kids are feeling different emotions, they go to the space to identify how they’re feeling. After all, children are just the same as adults in the sense that when they are overwhelmed by emotion, whether that be anxiety, anger or sadness, their brains are not ready to receive new information, which is the opposite state we want them to be in the classroom.
In this episode I talk to pediatric occupational therapist and CEO of Zensational Kids, Allison Morgan. We discuss the big challenges kids and schools will be facing when they return, what can families do at home to help navigate the next phase of the pandemic as well as her new curriculum for educators.
We all know the 5 senses of the human body, being sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing but have you heard of proprioception or vestibular? In this episode I run you through 7 sensory based strategies to help your child relax and manage their feelings. One thing I really missed doing last year was meeting face-to-face with my clients. I got myself vaccinated as soon as possible and in our first sessions back, we worked on processing which involves a simple exercise of 4 questions…
Hello! Guess what? I’m back! If you’re an avid listener, you’ll know I took a break from the podcast to focus on supporting on my own children while they were remote learning during the pandemic. One thing I really missed doing last year was meeting face-to-face with my clients. I got myself vaccinated as soon as possible and in our first sessions back, we worked on processing which involves a simple exercise of 4 questions…
In today’s episode, I wanted to try a coping skill together! It’s been such a stressful year, and I thought it would make sense to practice a coping skill together to help us relax. In this podcast, I share what got me interested in body scans in the first place and how they are related to progressive muscle relaxation. Then we’ll go through the body scan I wrote for the Coping Skills for Teens Workbook. Take a listen!
It’s that time of year where people are looking for gifts for the kids in their lives. I wanted to share five fantastic holiday presents that build social-emotional skills in children. Take a listen to hear my top 5 ideas for games, activities, and toys that help kids with social and emotional learning.
In the past, I've spoken about lots of different ways to encourage kids to take deep breaths by using shapes and other prompts. In this podcast episode, I focus on ways to help teens take deep breaths. Take a listen to hear some strategies I use with my adolescent clients and some resources you can explore to find more ways to encourage teens to take deep breaths.
I get asked all the time - how do I start to help kids explore coping skills? I use the Coping Skills Checklist to help kids identify their current skills and new skills to try. Take a listen to this podcast for how I use the checklist, and modifications I make when using it in different settings.
Ted Quinn is the CEO and Co-founder of Activate Care, a digital health company helping everybody engaged in the healthcare system - clinicians, patients, families, and communities - act together to make health happen, wherever they are. Ted has decades of experience leading healthcare IT and technology companies. Prior to Activate Care, Ted served as COO of Vecna Medical, driving revenue growth and new market penetration. Before Vecna, Ted served as President & General Manager of a Taylor Corporation Company, as a Business Manager and Product Manager for the FLEX platform at Teradyne Corporation, and as a management consultant at Accenture. Ted holds a BS in Economics from Brigham Young University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and an unflinching loyalty to the Boston Red Sox. In this podcast episode, Ted and I talk about the pandemic and the impact it has had on mental health and education and how important it is for people to work together to support those who need help and ways we can make that easier. Just so you are aware, we discuss suicide in the first part of our interview, so I just wanted to let you know that just in case this was an area of sensitivity for you. I had such a great time speaking with Ted, and I hope you enjoy the podcast too
Self-care can feel like just another thing to add to your to-do list. I KNOW life is hard right now. My kids are fully remote, and sometimes it's a struggle to make it through the next class or piece of homework. I have to thank my colleagues because I keep getting emails and seeing posts about self-care. It's a reminder to me to talk about it and do it. I find that I need to take time for myself. Otherwise, I find myself being more crabby or cranky, and it's hard to accomplish anything. And I need to practice what I preach. In this podcast episode, I talk about how I'm taking care of myself and hope to inspire you to figure out some tiny moments of self-care. Take a listen!
This time is so stressful and full of anxiety! This is the perfect time to start to explore the practice of mindfulness with kids. Mindfulness is being aware of what’s happening in the present moment. It’s not about trying to clear your mind, but allowing thoughts and emotions to come and go without judgment and familiarizing ourselves with the present moment. It takes practice to be able to do this. Mindfulness helps kids focus on the present instead of focusing on the past or future. As they grow into adults, they need to learn to manage stress in healthy ways and make sure they have a healthy balance in their lives. Mindfulness can also be a helpful tool for kids who have challenges with self-regulation or difficulty managing emotions, or want to improve their concentration. it would be helpful for them to be able to calm down and be aware of the present. When they are aware of the present, it will help them be more able to see what’s happening around them and settle themselves and their minds. In this podcast episode, I talk about four different ways to introduce mindfulness to kids. Take a listen! What are the ways you like to introduce mindfulness to kids? Comment below or email me your ideas, I’d love to hear from you!!
When I think back to my time as a school counselor, my best memories are laughter and connection during lunch groups. Lunch groups are a great way to get to know a lot of students throughout the year. It’s also an excellent way for children to meet new peers and potentially make new friends. What I thought was the best part was the natural opportunity to practice conversations. The way I would encourage conversations is by using a question box. Please take a listen to hear what social skills we practiced in lunch groups using this simple technique. BONUS - these questions can be used during remote learning and at home too!
As you may know, at Coping Skills for Kids, I divide coping skills into 5 types: Relaxation Movement Sensory Processing Distraction In this episode of the podcast, I’m focused on distraction coping skills, which include things like playing and fun activities. Distraction coping skills aren’t meant to help kids avoid or suppress their feelings. Take a listen to the podcast to hear the three benefits of using distraction as a coping skill, and for some resources that you can get from Coping Skills for Kids.