Likely, all of the above!
How will we process these changes? uncertainties? challenges? If looking ahead daunts us, as adults, just imagine the struggles of children and youth!
For example, our fast-paced, technology-marinated world keeps focus on outside stimuli. Children and youth are tasked with surfing and sorting incoming information, which frankly is like an endless incoming ocean wave. Unfortunately, high external focus does not leave time to build key skills necessary to self-regulation.
(aka, "Interoception", knowing what is going on within me),
These past months I have been working to hone practical ways of teaching "interoception."
So this year, look for "Just Noticing Me", a toolkit that supports children and youth (and the adults who help them!) in developing self-awareness skills.
Parents, teachers and counsellors will find:
- a game board
- multiple ways of understanding internal experience (and processes)
- opportunities to build "self-awareness"
- inventories and more