Daily Archives: January 5, 2012

Have you ever heard of kidsLINK or Tools for Life?

Debbie Engel is the Manager of Early Intervention Services at kidsLink in Kitchener, Ontario. I came across the kidsLink services a number of months ago and just before Christmas I had a wonderful opportunity to speak to Debbie. I also took some time to do a webinar for their “Toolsfor Life” Program. It is a wonderful program that is accessible for parents, schools and child care providers. It provides valuable tools that help develop self management and problem solving skills. Some of the strategies they incorporate we have used at home which makes me more confident in my own parenting.

I couldn’t help but ask Debbie to guest post because I truly feel that the services and the products that they are delivering to our community are amazing. This is the kind of support that I am speaking about when I talk about “building that village of support”.

Thank you so much Debbie for being a guest here. I am sure that you have provided my readers with great tools and information. If you have time please check out their free webinar; it is time very well spent.

Supporting resilience in our children.

I was attending a concert at my 12 year old son’s school the other day and was impressed with all the talented individuals who were vibrating with enthusiasm and excitement. It was an incredible event but got me to reflecting on how overwhelming this event might have been from children and adult who struggle with social anxiety. Just 5 years ago my son would not have participated in such an event. His level of anxiety would be so high that he would be in tears and physically sick before the concert even happened. It was so hard for him because he wanted to participate but didn’t have the skills and strategies to regulate him or overcome his fears. I wondered how many other children didn’t attend the concert due to fear and anxiety. How many opportunitie do they miss out on? All Children but especially those children who struggle with anxiety need concrete tools that they can use to help assist them in learning to self regulate and cope in stressful situations.
Tools for Life Relationship-building Solutions is a training curriculum and set of tools for adult use with 3 to 10 year olds to teach positive language and behaviour that help build strong relationships and resilience. Tools for Life is used in homes, childcare centres, schools to create common language and support consistency amongst everyone supporting children. This consistency provides familiarity and predictability for children and allows for easier transitions from one place to another.
Children do well when they can. We all want to feel successful and confident in lives but we need to be taught the language and tools to achieve this. Check out our website at and view some of our free webinars for more information.

Debbie Engel
Manager Early Intervention Services
Manager Tools for Life
kidsLINK

Picture courtesy of Tools for Life

Take Care Thursdays

Family laughing
Laughter is the best medicine for everyone. Studies show just how laughter can help to heal the body and lessen the affects of stress. So today I am making sure that in order to benefit the whole family we are going to play some games today that involve lots of laughing. That whole body belly laugh that kids get when they get tickled or you say something funny. Incorporate laughter into your day today and see how good it makes you feel!
“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”

~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.

Have you ever heard of kidsLINK or Tools for Life?

Debbie Engel is the Manager of Early Intervention Services at kidsLink in Kitchener, Ontario. I came across the kidsLink services a number of months ago and just before Christmas I had a wonderful opportunity to speak to Debbie. I also took some time to do a webinar for their “Toolsfor Life” Program. It is a wonderful program that is accessible for parents, schools and child care providers. It provides valuable tools that help develop self management and problem solving skills. Some of the strategies they incorporate we have used at home which makes me more confident in my own parenting.

I couldn’t help but ask Debbie to guest post because I truly feel that the services and the products that they are delivering to our community are amazing. This is the kind of support that I am speaking about when I talk about “building that village of support”.

Thank you so much Debbie for being a guest here. I am sure that you have provided my readers with great tools and information. If you have time please check out their free webinar; it is time very well spent.

Supporting resilience in our children.

I was attending a concert at my 12 year old son’s school the other day and was impressed with all the talented individuals who were vibrating with enthusiasm and excitement. It was an incredible event but got me to reflecting on how overwhelming this event might have been from children and adult who struggle with social anxiety. Just 5 years ago my son would not have participated in such an event. His level of anxiety would be so high that he would be in tears and physically sick before the concert even happened. It was so hard for him because he wanted to participate but didn’t have the skills and strategies to regulate him or overcome his fears. I wondered how many other children didn’t attend the concert due to fear and anxiety. How many opportunitie do they miss out on? All Children but especially those children who struggle with anxiety need concrete tools that they can use to help assist them in learning to self regulate and cope in stressful situations.

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