April 2020 - Stress Awareness

Disability Resource Library Newsletter

Stress Awareness

This month's Disability Resource Library newsletter focuses on stress awareness resources. These are just a few of the quality resources we can make available to those of you, your families, and anyone navigating the stressful times we're facing.

Take a look at a few of the resources our Disability Resource Library has to offer and, as always, please feel free to reach out to Roger May, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at roger.may@hsc.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-205-6434.

We are hosting weekly Circle of Parent groups every Wednesday for the duration of the Governor Justice's Stay-at-Home order as a way of staying connected as a community of parents with children who have special needs.

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Little Kids, Big Worries: Stress-busting Tips for Early Childhood Classrooms

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By Alice Sterling Honig

Research shows that stress in the crucial early years of a child's life can pose dramatic, lasting challenges to development, learning, and behavior. This is the practical book early childhood professionals need to recognize stress in young children—and intervene with proven relief strategies before pressures turn into big problems. Developed by celebrated early childhood expert Alice Sterling Honig, this guidebook helps readers address the most common causes of stress in a young child's life, including separation anxiety, bullying, jealousy, and family circumstances.

Borrow Little Kids, Big Worries from our library.

Guiding Adolescents to Use Health Strategies to Manage Stress

Edited by Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP, FSAHM and Sara B. Kinsman, MD, PhD

Developed for all youth-serving professionals, this book with video component reviews the basic principles of strength-based communication, discusses the sources of worry for teens, offers practical approaches for helping youth understand they can control their reactions and behaviors, and offers strategies to help professionals deescalate tension when stressors lead to crises.

Borrow Guiding Adolescents to Use Healthy Strategies to Manage Stress from our library.

Teaching Social Skills to Youth: A Curriculum for Child-care Providers

By Jeff Tierney, M.Ed. and Erin Green, MS

This book is a step-by-step component behaviors to 182 skills, from the basic, like following instructions and introducing yourself, to the complex, such as managing stresses and resolving conflicts.

Borrow Teaching Social Skills to Youth from our library.

Human Behavior, Learning, and the Developing Brain

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Edited by Donna Coch, Geraldine Dawson, and Kurt W. Fischer

Thoroughly examining brain-behavior relationships in atypically developing children, this important volume integrates theories and data from multiple disciplines. Leading authorities present research on specific clinical problems, including autism, Williams syndrome, learning and language disabilities, ADHD, and issues facing infants of diabetic mothers. In addition, the effects of social stress and maltreatment on brain development and behavior are reviewed. Demonstrating the uses of cutting-edge methods from developmental neuroscience, developmental psychology, and cognitive science, the contributors emphasize the implications of their findings for real-world educational and clinical practices. Illustrations include eight pages in full color.

Borrow Human Behavior, Learning, and the Developing Brain from our library.

Making it Better: Activities for Children Living in a Stressful World

By Barbara Oehlberg

Today’s children deal with stress, trauma, and violence. Oehlberg offers information about how these difficult times affect children physically and emotionally. More than 70 activities engage children in self-healing, empathy, and empowerment.

Borrow Making it Better from our library.

Breathe2Relax App

By National Center for Telehealth & Technology

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Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing.Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool, or can be used in tandem with clinical care directed by a healthcare worker.

This app is available for upload to any of our lending library iPads via WVATS. Please let the office know which apps you would like included on the iPad you borrow. It is also available for your personal iPhone or Android device wherever you get your apps.

Borrow Breathe2Relax from WVATS.

Navigation Tips - Managing Stress

Stress is an unavoidable part of parenting. No parent is immune from it but you can trouble shoot some of it and manage the rest. The following techniques may just help make your life as a parent a bit easier.

  • Establish support systems: Find another parent who can mentor and support you
  • Take time to do fun things: Spend time with your child just having fun.
  • Corral the chaos: Get organized and establish routines for the family
  • Seek out professional help: Counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists have strengths suited to assist you with particular problems.

You will never be able to eliminate stress entirely, but that doesn't mean you're powerless. For information about Circle of Parents, a parent to parent support group in your area, contact the Paths For Parents Program.

A Child's Champion

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This month's Child's Champion is Children's National Hospital, who is offering some great resources for anyone who may be stressed about talking to children about COVID-19 during the global pandemic.

It can be challenging to talk to children about something of such a large scale, but the team at Children's National provides some incredible resources. Be sure to spend some time on the Rise and Shine section of their website, which is dedicated to advice for keeping kids happy and healthy.

Do you know someone you'd like to nominate to be featured as a Child's Champion in our monthly newsletter? Please let us know! Contact Roger May, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at roger.may@hsc.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-205-6434.