After 20 years in education, and many changes in safety protocols for Crisis, it occurred to me that we have forgotten a very important need. How do we (staff and students) stay calm when our "fight or flight" response has been activated? I’ve seen many instances where students did not having the maturity or tools to regulate their emotional responses in “practice situations”. I can’t imagine what could happen in real crisis. Actually, I can...
There is an easy solution. My experiences and training in yoga, meditation, and EFT all point to one common denominator. And that is conscious breath control. There are simple breath exercises that can be learned, along with age appropriate explanations that put the power of self control in the bodies and minds of even the youngest learners. With appropriate reinforcement, these strategies will quickly accessed when a crisis arises.
What can I do for your school? I can teach short, but effective sessions specially tailored to staff and developmentally appropriate instruction for students that will give all stakeholders simple and memorable methods to slow the fight or flight response and return the brain to logical thinking.
**I spent 3 years as an administrator of a school specializing in working with students with Behavioral Disorders. Teaching self-regulation is paramount.