Social-Emotional Learning From Home
- Free social-emotional learning activities from Committee for Children: There are a number of Second Step activities freely available online for children ages 5–13.
- The Imagine Neighborhood: This new podcast for families is designed to help children and grown-ups practice their social-emotional skills. Each episode tells a story.
- Captain Compassion®: Here, children can find games, comics, and activities they can do on their own, or with their families, to learn about how they can help stop bullying.
- Little Children, Big Challenges: Committee for Children and Sesame Street have partnered to create a collection of resources for young children facing significant challenges. These materials are aimed at building children’s resilience.
- ParenTeen Connect: For families with older children, this resource provides an online experience they can share together. It’s loaded with videos, resources, and useful advice to help teens and the adults in their lives address hot-button topics.
- Hot Chocolate Talk: A resource to help families talk with their children about child sexual abuse. Families may be spending a lot more time together during school closures, which makes this an opportune time to have these difficult but very important conversations.
- Have Questions about any of the above programs/sites? Contact Committee for Children anytime via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Pacific time, at 800-634-4449, ext. 1.
- Numerous SEL Resources
- Career Exploration
Coping with Stress, Worry, & Other Emotions
- School Closure Tips
- Coping with Stress – Arlington Public Schools
- Common Sense Media – Help Your Family De-Stress
- GoZen! – Resources related to anxiety/stress relief, resilience, mindfulness, negative thinking, and more.
- Make a Coping Skills Toolkit
- Make a Happy Thoughts Necklace
- See also: Make a list or drawing of things that make you happy!
- Mindful coloring – Mandalas are one option
- Growth Mindset: A Secret About the Brain & Big Life Journal
- The Good Day Plan
- Reducing “What If?” Anxiety: Make and fill in a chart in the following sequence – Worst Case Scenario, Best Case Scenario, Most Likely to Happen – Getting anxious feelings out and written on paper helps to diffuse some of the anxiety. Starting out with the extremes and ending with what is most likely to happen helps to identify extreme thinking and become more rational in self-talk. Once completed, have your child keep it, not necessarily in view, but someplace accessible, to be used as a reminder when negative self-talk and thinking errors kick in
- Gratitude: Write a letter to someone and express why you are thankful for them; Every day come up with three things you are grateful for; Make a collage of pictures representing what you are grateful for
- The ABCs of Gratitude: In a seated position, with eyes closed, make your way through the alphabet, beginning with the letter “A.” Think of something you are grateful for that begins with each letter of the alphabet. See if you can make it all the way to “Z” with a light and grateful heart.
- Positive Affirmations: Come up with positive personal affirmations/mottos you can read to yourself every day
- Volunteer: Pick up trash; Write letters to those in quarantine; Complete an errand for an elderly neighbor; Bake cookies/Make food for elderly or sickly neighbors; Garden
- Mental Health & Education Resources for Kids
Physical Activity & Mindfulness
- Mindfulness Classes for Kids from Mindful Schools
- Cosmic Kids Yoga
- Yoga – 12:30 pm weekdays, via Facebook Live
- Go Noodle – Movement & Mindfulness videos
- Rainbow Breath – Flow
- Mindfulness Activities: Journaling; Lying outside in nature and writing down what you notice with all five senses; Imagining a peaceful place and thinking about the place in terms of all five senses
- Falling Leaves Guided Meditation – Visualization for Kids
- End of Day Gratitude Meditation
- Mindfulness Apps: Calm; Headspace; Smiling Mind; Super Stretch Yoga; Breathing Bubbles; Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Street
- Mind Yeti®: Fifteen mindfulness program sessions are now available for anyone to use; Designed for families to do alongside children, or for older children to do on their own
Books on Social-Emotional Topics
- We Do Listen Foundation – Howard B. Wigglebottom; Grades PK-3
- Children’s Books Read Aloud features a number of books about self-regulation, feelings, and expected behaviors, including: Today I Feel Silly (& Other Moods That Make My Day), My Many Colored Days, What If Everybody Did That?, The Most Magnificent Thing, The Invisible Boy, The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes, Wemberly Worried, Breathing Relaxes Kids, Crabby Pants, No, David!, Do Unto Otters, Scaredy Squirrel, Enemy Pie, I Was So Mad, etc.
- In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek
- The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
- Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Julia Cook
- Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud
Students with Disabilities
- Parenting Webinars for children with ADHD
- Supporting children on the autism spectrum during school closures
- Navigating school closures for parents of children with special needs
Emergency Mental Health Support
If a child or youth experiences a behavioral health crisis which creates an unsafe situation for themselves or others in the home, parents/guardians should:
- Call 9-1-1 if there is an immediate danger to self or others.
- Contact Arlington Emergency Mental Health Services at 703-228-5160 (link here).
- Go to the nearest Emergency Room.
Update on Same Day Access (SDA) for walk-in intake assessments at Children’s Behavioral Health: Same Day Access has been suspended for children and will be re-evaluated on April 6. Families and partners are encouraged to contact the SDA information hotline (703-228-1560), with any questions, consultations, referrals, and to check the status of Same Day Access.
Anyone experiencing an urgent mental health need is encouraged to contact CR2 (844-627-4747) and anyone experiencing a psychiatric emergency is encouraged to contact Emergency Services (703-228-5160).
The SDA hotline will provide an intake assessment to children who are returning to the community from acute psychiatric hospitalization – please call (703-228-1560) to coordinate.
For non-urgent, but concerning behavior, please see resources at Arlington Children’s Behavioral Health here.