Stress and Children
Yes, even children can suffer from the effects of stress. But, in children, sometimes it is difficult to know whether you are observing misbehavior or the signs of stress. Children cannot articulate what is bothering them so their behavior is key. Kiddie QR is a 6 second technique which allows children to cope better with stress and because there are no drugs involved it has no negative side effects.
This creative and fun experiential stress management program was developed by Elizabeth Stroebel, PhD (University of London), internationally recognized for her innovative work in stress management and biofeedback with children and adolescents. It was designed for children ages 3 plus through 9.
Life long Benefits for Children
Kiddie QR can teach children the skills to gain healthy control over their thoughts, emotions, feelings and physical responses to distress. Learning better stress coping skills carries over into other interactions with family, peers and in areas of school performance and an enhanced sense of self-esteem.
Kiddie QR is easy and safe for children to do alone
No negative side effects
Respectful and does not conflict with cultural beliefs
Can be implemented at anytime, anywhere and anyplace
Access learned skills when needed and can be done unobserved
Techniques can be done in a group like with the family, classmates or peers
Eliminate stress related problems and as an intervention with emotional or physical illness
Appropriate adjunct to other therapeutic interventions
What Do Children Learn?
Prevention and healing. With eyes open, children learn the six-second QR Reflex by meeting My Friend QR and the 16 Healthy Body Friends. These little Body Friends are fun and safe metaphors for healthy body machinery that reinforce an important life skill of stress prevention and healing. My Friend QR becomes the guiding coach with each companion Body Friend on the CDs.
These 16 Elements build upon the awareness of the cues and clues of physical distress and show how to reverse the discomfort.
Children learn to have a feeling of emotional and physical control using the KQR exercises as they:
Regulate shallow or rapid breathing
Quiet the racing sensations in the heart and chest
Reduce unnecessary prolonged muscle tension and bracing in the body
Increase blood flow to the hands and feet, which induces warmth
Relax tension in the face, neck, and related muscles
Increase sensations of deep relaxation and Interrupt hyper-vigilant patterns
Regulate sleep patterns
Create an alert mind and calm body
Distress in kids
Shallow rapid breathing
Cold hands feet
Tightened body posture
Inappropriate and continuous muscle tension
Trembling or shivering
Fatigue and general weakness
Anxious feelings and behaviors
Dependency and over protection
Impaired emotional control
Rejection and negativity
Panic and anxious states
Inability to problem solve
Kiddie QR includes:
2 audio CDs - 16 stories with visualization exercises.
Guided imagery of 4 to 8 minutes showing the KQR Body Friends, as a shared game for visual reinforcement.
5 booklets including a 50 page adult guide booklet to use at home, in the classroom or for clinical use.
4 booklets containing specific information for adults about objectives, physiological considerations and teaching suggestions.
Transcripts of the 16 Elements which are on the audio CDs.
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Author: Phyllis Grannis