This course walks you through a range of practical strategies that can be used by adults or children in order to create a sense of relaxation and wellbeing. Each strategy stands alone, though there is huge benefit to learning a range of strategies for use in different situations. It is best to learn self-soothe strategies at a time of relative peace and calm and to become familiar with them so that they can be turned to at times of stress in order to bring some relief. The ideas are all simple and safe and can be practised alone or with the support of a trusted friend or adult. Many of the ideas could be used in a group or class setting in order to help children to reset and ready themselves for learning following busy, noisy or unstructured periods in the day such as breaktimes and lunchtimes.
This course has been developed by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, an internationally recognised mental health expert and author.
Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She is the author of several books, and is a former chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. She runs Creative Education alongside her husband and Mother-in-Law.