School is back in full swing this week, and with it come new challenges for students – especially those who have difficulty coping with change, stress and normal levels of anxiety.

Today we’re offering readers a sample activity from Deborah M. Plummer‘s new workbook, Helping Children to Cope with Change, Stress and Anxiety: A Photocopiable Activities Book, which teachers – as well as parents, carers and therapists – can use to help children learn healthy stress management strategies and build emotional resilience. 

With over 100 short, snappy activities and longer guided visualisations, this workbook is suitable for use with individuals or groups, and many are appropriate for use with children with complex needs or speech and language difficulties.

Learn more about the workbook.

Download the sample activity ‘Spaceship to the stars’ from Chapter 14: Setting Goals and Celebrating.

This activity is designed to help children explore the idea of setting regular goals: 

“Projecting yourself into the future to imagine how things will turn out is a powerful aid to making changes. Such imagery requires the suspending of judgement and reality in order to act ‘as if ’ you had already achieved your desired outcome.”

Enjoy, and best wishes for a successful school year!

*This exercise was featured in the last JKP Education Newsletter.
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