We know it will be hard for some to come back to school. Below are a few Social Stories that may help.
What are Social Stories?
When a child is missing a skill or struggling to navigate a situation, social stories can help. If possible, it’s especially powerful to include pictures of the child or children in action throughout the story. Read social stories often to ensure children understand the message. Pause after each page to ask or answer questions, and even roleplay if it’s helpful. Remember, too, that reading a story can always represent a precious moment of connection. Be present as you read the story with your child, enjoying your time together. Connection translates into increased cooperation, willingness, and impulse control. During these unprecedented times, connection with our loved ones is more valuable than ever.
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Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020.
The theme this year is kindness.
Kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practice to be fully alive. We know from the research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. The research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.
No act of kindness is ever wasted.
Let’s all join this Mental Health Awareness Week at Short Heath Federation and make kindness matter.
Here is our weekly ideas plan: