Children’s Mental Health and Trauma and Resilience

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Self-Care for Kids by Age: Everything You Need to Know

It is a critical time for children and teenagers to learn the importance of taking care of themselves and their communities. Self-care can help kids of all ages become more introspective and aware of their physical and emotional needs. It can also prepare them to effectively handle future stressors. Even small acts of self-care and …

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3 Tips: How To Mentally Prepare Kids for School This Fall

The mindset of summer break can be difficult for children to shift out of, but prepping kids to return to school in the middle of a pandemic is a completely different challenge. In addition to buying school supplies and hand sanitizer, and managing our own worries for our kids’ safety, we must also mentally prepare …

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25 Anti-Racism Resources for Children and Adults

Anti-racism is defined as “the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies and practices and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably.” Our diverse staff of childhood development and mental health professionals has created a list of anti-racism resources for children and adults. Our hope is that …

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5 questions to ask yourself in order to stay mindful during quarantine

Mindfulness During Quarantine: 5 Questions To Ask Yourself

We need to be mindful of our own mental health during the best of times. During times of social isolation, quarantine, and global pandemic, we need to be intentional about our own resilience. Our wellbeing is not only the way we stay happy and feel safe, but it helps us maintain our immune system and …

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The Ultimate List of Coronavirus Resources for Families in Richmond, VA

We know there’s a lot of information swirling around about the coronavirus (COVID-19). It can be scary for adults and children alike. How do we talk with our kids about the coronavirus? How can we help them process what’s going on? How do we keep them occupied in this time of uncertainty? Our team of mental …

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De-Escalation Techniques for Kids: Mirror and Match

How do we help a child de-escalate when exhibiting a big behavior? The “Mirror and Match” de-escalation technique for kids involves using your body to show validation for someone and that you’re taking them seriously during their outburst. ChildSavers‘ Bob Nickles, LCSW, RPT walks us through this de-escalation technique for kids to use at home, …

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John Richardson-Lauve, LCSW of ChildSavers walks us through the differences between trauma and ADHD

Trauma and ADHD: The Differences and Similarities

One out of four children in the United States will experience some sort of trauma by the age of four. Four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are considered toxic to a child’s emotional, cognitive, and physical wellbeing. Trauma creates changes to our biology, genetics, epigenetics, behavior, and ultimately a myriad of lifetime health outcomes. Looking …

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3 Ways To Talk To Children About COVID-19 and Big Life Events

How can we talk with children about COVID-19 when don’t have all the answers? ChildSavers School-Based Supervisor, Bob Nickles, LCSW, RPT, walks us through 3 talking points to cover with our kids. Share what you know about COVID-19 & what you’re going to take care of Children need to understand that adults and their caregiving …

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Podcast episodes about trauma and trauma informed care in adulthood and childhood

6 Trauma-Informed Podcast Episodes

Trauma is one of the leading threats to a human’s physical and emotional health. While adults can be affected by traumatic life events after age 18, childhood ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) can have the greatest effect on our lives. We’ve chosen seven podcast episodes that can help you better understand the deep-seated effects of ACEs …

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