2018 October

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24 Oct: Halloween on a Wednesday?! More Self-Care and Self-Regulation Strategies to Help!

by Dr. Rick Robinson We recently shared information regarding a vital self-regulation and self-care strategy– intentional breathing. Well-developed intentional breathing skills are foundational tools in an educator’s toolbox. Rounding out the skills in our toolbox can help us manage times during the school year where stressors are on an upswing; doing a lot of little things well can turn into a big thing. A time to practice new tools for our toolbox will present itself shortly. This school year, the calendar has provided us with that unenviable situation where Halloween falls on… a Wednesday. The fun and excitement of the holiday are accompanied by disrupted schedules and routines, sleep patterns, diet and so on-for students, their families and for educators….

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09 Oct: The Importance of Breathing

The Importance of Breathing By Dr. Rick Robinson I have had the chance to visit a number of schools that are implementing Trauma Informed Practices during the month of September and have often found myself in conversations with educators about ways to maintain feelings of calm and the regulated states that they experienced at the start of the school year. To that end, I would like to talk a bit about an effective, efficient and affordable tool we each have at our immediate disposal – our breathing. A critical element of Trauma Informed Practices involves adults developing day-to-day regulation skills, as well as self-care and wellness skills for the near and long term. Science tells us that only a well-regulated adult…

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01 Oct: Self-Care for School Staff

SELF CARE FOR SCHOOL STAFF Staff self-care has become an increasingly salient topic in education over the last several years. As educators learn more about trauma we; (a) Understand the increasing demands on us to be well-regulated so we can help other students feel safe (b) Recognize the impact of stress on our own well-being, health and performance (c) Acknowledge that students are not the only ones that have ACEs. Learning about ACEs often leads us to see the ongoing impact of our own adverse experiences. In this post I want to talk about self-care with the hope educators can both understand what it means to engage in self-care, and give you some strategies to get going! Self-Care Mindset 1….