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Ask a Therapist: My Child Is Showing Signs of Anxiety

Discover a 2-step plan to empower anxious kids

Christina Furnival, MA, LPCC

Mother, therapist, and children’s book author Christina Furnival, MS, LPCC, provides a two-step plan for when our little ones begin to feel stress, anxiety, and fears about the world around them.

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Enhancing Self-Regulation Through Play Therapy

Free trauma-informed play therapy demonstration & worksheets

Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, LCSW, RPT-S

Many children with big behaviors need help learning how to regulate themselves more quickly or more effectively. PESI author Paris Goodyear-Brown provides a simple sensory-soothing activity that can be particularly helpful for children who struggle to close their eyes and relax.

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Rethink, Reassess, Relabel: How to Use Reframing to Appreciate the Moment

Free reframing exercise to help kids harness the power of happiness!

Maureen Healy

Reframing is a useful skill that can turn tricky and frustrating situations into something more positive. Maureen Healy provides free resources for kids to practice finding a silver lining.

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10 Books to Celebrate Educators During Teacher Appreciation Week

Celebrate the teachers in your life by giving them books they will enjoy both inside and outside the classroom.

PESI Team

Join PESI Publishing in celebrating educators with this list of 10 books that teachers are sure to enjoy both inside and outside the classroom.

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Helping Kids Face Fear and Anxiety Head-On

Age-appropriate worksheets to help kids develop coping strategies & build resilience

Christina Furnival, MA, LPCC

Help educate children about anxiety, empowering them with awareness while opening the conversation to help normalize their experience with these age-specific worksheets from PESI author Christina Furnival, MS, LPCC!

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Excavating Hard Things

Free trauma-informed play therapy intervention

Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, LCSW, RPT-S

When a child is experiencing the intrusive or avoidance symptoms of PTSD, building a coherent narrative becomes essential to treatment. Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, LCSW, RPT-S, demonstrates an exercise designed to help children verbalize their big emotions.

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PESI Celebrates Children’s Book Day!: Top 5 Books for Children’s Social-Emotional Learning

PESI Team

Children’s books can do so much more than entertain young readers! Check out PESI’s top picks for International Children’s Book Day with these five incredible titles.

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Looking on the Bright Side: Using Optimism to Create Happiness

Help kids practice optimism with a FREE worksheet download

Maureen Healy

Kids will inevitably be faced with challenging moments. Help them harness the power of an optimistic mindset with free resources from PESI author Maureen Healy.

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Havening for Kids: 2 Powerful Stress-Busting Tools

Advice and video demonstration from Dr. Kate Truitt

Kate Truitt, PhD, MBA

Whether they're experiencing hyperarousal or hypoarousal, kids often need the help of a caregiver to return to a more calm, alert state. Dr. Kate Truitt shares two simple but effective techniques to help kids cope with stress and stay regulated.

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5 Tips to Prevent & Minimize the Impact of Bullying

Expert advice from therapists, moms, and children's book authors

Andrea Dorn, MSW, LISW-CP, Christina Furnival, MA, LPCC

PESI authors Christina Furnival and Andrea Dorn share their five strategies to help children develop social-emotional skills, recognize unhealthy friendships, and set boundaries with their peers.

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