Friday, September 5, 2014

Camp Erin!

Katie and I clearly cannot get enough hangout time, we decided to spend a weekend this summer at Camp Wooten as Cabin Big Buddies for Camp Erin!

What is Camp Erin you say?

This link will tell you!

"Camp Erin, created and funded by the Moyer Foundation is the largest nationwide network of free bereavement camps for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them"

Here is some pics from our time there:

I have no idea what's going on with my face in this one BUT Katie and Brock look good! Ha!

Katie and I had never been a part of Camp Erin before and had no idea what to expect from our time there was certainly a jam packed weekend! We came home late Sunday night dirty, possibly a little (a lot) stinky but most definitely excited to come back next year!

You see, Katie and I are co-administrators for a bereavement group through Warm Springs Counseling Center. Touchstone; The Center for Grieving Children and Adolescents {More Info}. Which was founded here in Idaho in 1989. In 2008 it was moved to Warm Springs, which is actually how I (Stacey) got started working with the organization! Through our work with TS we got in touch with persons at Camp Erin and it was a great fit!

If you are working with a client and are interested in referring them to Touchstone OR if you are interested in volunteering, please feel free to email us!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ah, brings me back!

A big high five to anyone who knows or remembers what these are called! 

Even without the name of these, it still brings back some memories.  This guy has some self-control triggers, and coping skills on them.

1. If you can't recall how to make these guys, start by making sure you have a perfectly square sheet of paper.

2. Next fold corners into the center. 

3. Flip it over and do the same.

4. Label the outside with numbers, then include triggers, emotions, etc.

5.  Open it and on the inside of the corners, label with coping skills.

6. Move and flip through according to the number chosen, then open up to see which coping skill to use.

Hidden STAR

Yes, another STAR reminder (some need more practice with this than others:)!  This one we made for the purpose of being able to hang in my client's room as a reminder, while keeping it discreet.  We also made examples of the steps for STAR (stop, think, act, review), including stop your body, think through choices, act on the best choice, and review whether this was the best choice. These steps will be there as a cheat sheet, but looks like a cute little mobile from the other side! Easy peazy!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

We're baaaaack!

Oh boy, that was close!  Sorry for the lull, we (and by we I mean Stacey) were having some major issues getting this bad boy back up! 

So now we are back, and we missed you all!  We hope it wasn't a major inconvenience:( 
Watch for some new stuff, I am leaving you with a small preview.
Get excited!
Happy Weekend!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Happy birthday!

Happy 2nd birthday to our little blog! You are growing up so fast. Tear, sniff.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Broken Record

ASD kiddos often get stuck--like a broken record they keep coming back to the same thought, point, subject, etc.

Glitter makes everything fancy! 

The one my kiddo made, during his free time, because he loved the idea so much! Oh, these kids! 

My client and I made this visual to use during session to remind him (non-verbally) that he's getting a little stuck.

It doesn't require words, a simple change of the record. As we go about the session and they are able to stay 'off' the hot topic, the record spins. Katie had a great idea and put little 'other topic' ideas around the record, to help 'change' the 'tune' of conversation. See what I did there? Har Har Har!

But when they go back, it jumps right back to the start. Make it through the whole record in a session? By golly you got yourself a piece of candy! Or for my client, we keep a tally...when they reach five--Hey-O! Freeeee daaaayyyyy! 


Keep it simple, Stupid
JK, that was a little harsh...but, really sometimes ya gotta keep it simple, y'all! 

Wanna know what I did here? I took a frisbee, ya see...Then my client and I brainstormed some emotions, and I we wrote them down on paper, folded 'em up and...oh, yes, you guessed it, taped 'em right onto the frisbee! 

Then we tossed it back and forth, side note: We most certainly are not pros and have horrible aim-but, that made it much more fun! ; ) 

When we {actually/finally} caught the frisbee, the person picked an emotion (at random) then acted it out for the other person. Then we would toss it some more and discuss when they have felt that emotion and what coping skills work best. 

Hope everyone is having a lot of fun in the sun! Remember! Sunscreen is your friend:)