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Wired for Fear

Recognizing Toxic Stress in the Classroom

Jennifer L. Bashant, Ph.D., LMSW, MA

Students who have been exposed to toxic stress are wired for fear: They live in a state of constant nervous system activation that often shows up in the classroom as challenging or disruptive behavior. When you learn to recognize these signs of fight, flight, or freeze, you can respond in a more compassionate and trauma-informed manner.

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Addressing Implicit Bias in Our Schools

A Case Study of Racial Injustice

Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.

The protests and headlines of recent weeks have forced many of us to examine our lives and communities through a new lens. In the process, we have opened our eyes to bias and discrimination as never before.

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In Consultation: Seeing Children through a Polyvagal Lens

As published in Psychotherapy Networker Magazine

Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.

Polyvagal Theory widens the perspective on managing kids’ challenging behaviors.

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In This Together!

During these challenging times, I hear “everything has changed.” But is that really true? (Activity and free worksheet)

Laura K. Sibbald M.A., CCC-SLP, Lisa Weed Phifer, DEd, NCSP

While it may feel like our new normal is nothing like the old, we need to recognize the silver linings this time has brought forth. This blog, activity and free worksheets helps us realize the importance of reaching out to others and celebrates our feelings of accomplishment when we are able to help someone else.

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Taking Care of You!

Helping Yourself and Your Clients Practice Self-Care (ideas and free worksheet)

Lisa Weed Phifer, DEd, NCSP, Laura K. Sibbald M.A., CCC-SLP

If you’ve been helping clients adapt to their new schedules and integrate healthy ways to manage daily stress, you know how important it is for all of us to make time to support our own mental health. Self-care is a majority priority right now so that we can make our feelings, and responses to stress more manageable. Here are some ideas and a free worksheet from the Trauma-Informed Social-Emotional Toolbox for Children & Adolescents—but also works for adults!

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How to Talk About Feelings with Kids

Watch the Balloon Metaphor Demonstration

Jennifer Lefebre, PSY.D., RPT-S

We keep holding onto the feelings and eventually we're going to pop. Instead, let's let it out little by little.

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Taming the Wild Things

Helping anxious kids and those trying to shield them from feelings of fear, insecurity, uncertainty, or discomfort.

Lynn Lyons, LICSW

Lynn Lyons, LICSW, shares how to override the demanding voice of anxiety.

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PESI Book Club: October 2019

Four children-focused books to add to your reading list.

PESI Team

This month's suggested reads include four products to help improve the well-being of the children in your life.

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PESI Book Club: September 2019

Our latest new releases and a free worksheet!

PESI Team

New school year, new books and card decks! Here are three new releases as well as one of our customer favorites.

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PESI Book Club: August 2019

Check out this month's featured books and free worksheets!

PESI Team

Summer isn’t over yet! Check out these essential reads for August.

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