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What Does a Slinky Have to do with Trauma?

Peter Levine, Ph.D.

What if the traumatic event wasn't the cause of trauma? It's time to rethink trauma by looking to the body's memory of the event, not the mind's interpretation of the story. In this short video, Peter Levine explains how the body holds the energy of trauma and why we can't begin to process the emotional suffering until we first resolve trauma on the physiological level.

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4 Easy Steps to Calm a Stressed Child

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If you work with children who struggle with self-regulation, mind-body strategies that use yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and guided imagery can be especially effective, and often fun, for the child to gain their composure. Use this activity, called The Steps, at home, in the grocery store, or wherever life takes you.

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Wearing Your Heart on Your Face: The Polyvagal Circuit in the Consulting Room

Stephen Porges, Ph.D.

In the interview that follows, Dr. Stephen Porges offers some research-based insights into how therapists can more effectively convey safety to clients and clarifies the evolutionary roots of anxiety, depression, and trauma.

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Mindfulness + Doodling = The Secret to Staying Focused & Present

5 FREE doodle exercises

Patricia Isis, Ph.D., LMHC, ATR-BC

Research has proven that doodling can enhance focusing skills, increase retention of information, ease feelings of impatience, and even inspire bursts of novel ideas. So go ahead - color outside the lines with these 5 FREE doodle exercises.

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The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and Why it Matters

Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC

In life, getting dealt a hand of ACEs is surely not the thrill that it is in a card game. But thanks to the ACE study, communities are developing creative ways to intervene and prevent intergenerational transmission of the issues caused by high ACE scores.

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Environmental Enrichment

A Multisensory Enrichment Protocol for Autism

Environmental Enrichment (EE) was designed as a low-cost program that has been shown to decrease autism symptoms and sensory issues and increase receptive language and cognitive skills at home. In this blog from Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L, you can download a free EE activity worksheet.

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5 Postures to Help Deepen Your Breath

Donald Altman, MA, LPC

In this short video, psychotherapist, award-winning author and former Buddhist monk, Donald Altman, demonstrates 5 postures to help deepen your breath.

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A Hidden Culprit of Poor Handwriting Posture

For most children, following proper writing posture is no problem. But what about Johnny, a bright child in your class who just can't follow your directions to sit up straight. Is it that Johnny just wants to look cool slouched in his chair, or is something bigger going on?

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Simple Breath Awareness: An exercise to fight stress, anxiety and insomnia

Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, E-RYT

You can use this simple breath awareness exercise from the classic text, “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali," in a therapy session to help the client direct their attention to internal states and balance their autonomic nervous system.

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Video: Emotional Responsiveness with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson

Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

When you nurture your child's emotional world, you help build the connective fibers that make the reactive centers of their brains more readily and easily calmed down. Over time, these repeated emotional responsive interactions change your child's brain in a way that allows them to have better behavior and better emotional regulation. Learn more from Dr. Tina Payne Bryson...

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