"Stress among children is estimated to have increased 45% over the past 30 years. Learning to Manage Stress is an important life skill for everyone." Psychology Foundation of Canada
In this short video Dr. Jean Clinton, a leading child development expert, discusses stress and its impact on the brain. While stress itself is normal part of life, too much stress or persistent stress becomes toxic, and impedes the ability of children to learn. According to Dr. Jean, children can be taught to manage stress and anxiety.
The Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC) has created Kids Have Stress Too (KHST), a research based program, developed with experts in psychology, child development and other professionals. KHST helps parents, caregivers and educators understand childhood stress and provides them with the knowledge, awareness, skills to help children become more resilient by dealing with and managing stress effectively. According to PFC, children can be taught to manage stress effectively, and evaluations done on the program have proven this.
Evaluation conducted on children that participated in the KHST program found that KHST contributes to increasing the ability of children to recognize and understand stress. It also found that the program provides students with practical strategies to manage stress. Evaluation conducted with parents showed an 88% increase in their understanding of children’s reactions to stress, and in their own ability to help their children cope effectively with stress.
Check out these short videos by Dr. Robin Alter, A Child Psychologist and Volunteer with the Psychology Foundation of Canada.
What is Stress?
Helping your child deal with stress
Activities you can do at home with young children
Activities you can do with school aged children
Do you have other activities you use to help children manage stress? Please share your insights and resources!