Monday, December 29, 2014

DBT House

I have been looking for new activities to use with depressed children and adolescents and came across this activity in an MFT Facebook group that I am a part of.

This "DBT House" (DBT stands for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) is a mindfulness activity.  It helps children to recognize their strengths, ways of coping, support system, values, and so forth.  After doing some more research on how to create a DBT House and finding instructions at Kim's Counseling Corner, I created my own template for those children who don't wish to draw their own house.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Blowing Bubbles to Practice Deep Breathing

To help younger kids learn deep breathing skills: 

 I hand them a bottle of bubbles and coach them through breathing in deeply through their nose and then blowing out slowly through their mouth, just hard enough to release bubbles from the bubble wand. I ask them to imagine that the bubbles are all of their anger, sadness, and/or fear being released from inside their bodies.  I allow them to keep the bubbles for their coping skills box and remind them to use the bubbles (and other items in the box) when they are feeling angry, sad, scared, etc.

The kids I have practiced this with so far have responded well to it.  Of course, little kids love bubble blowing, but the hands-on activity really helps them to understand and practice deep breathing.