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Ruth Cumberland

Ruth Cumberland is our wonderful emotional wellbeing teacher at SJS. Usually, Ruth comes into school to do 1:1 sessions on Mondays. During this confusing time, where most of us are learning from home, Ruth has provided online sessions about relaxation, feelings and coping strategies. Follow the links below for Ruth's sessions smiley

Intro to Ruth's Relaxations

A brief introduction to my upcoming self-help videos for children and young people

Activity 1: letting go of tricky feelings

Pick an object! An activity to help process uncomfortable feelings.

Activity 2: tapping

Learn a technique to get rid of negative feelings

Activity 3: forest visualisation

Meet your powerful forest protector!

Activity 4: play

Using character toys to process those deep feelings while having fun.

Activity 5: exploring feelings

A short activity using Foxy the puppet to explore emotions.

Activity 6: forest visualisation

Create a lovely protective bubble to keep you feeling safe.

Activity 7: facing our feelings

Face up to and let go of uncomfortable feelings with a visualisation.

Activity 8: drawing & journal

Using drawings to create stories for processing deeply buried feelings.

Activity 9: managing worries

Create a totem that sends love to our favourite people.

Activity 10: A new mindset

Use tapping to let go of an uncomfortable feeling and replace it with new positive thoughts.

Activity 11: managing worries

A short visualisation to help manage worries and live in the moment.

Activity 12: training your mind

Learn how the mind works and techniques to stop negative thinking.

Activity 13: visualisation

Explore the darker part of your forest, and yourself.

Activity 14: massage

Create a massage with family members.

Activity 15: managing feelings about current lockdown.

For children and young people. Explore different emotions about the current situation and strategies to support

Activity 16: For parents and carers

Some suggestions of approaches and techniques to support children displaying powerful emotions.

Activity 17: creating a plan to manage angry feelings

A three step practical plan to help manage anger.

Activity 18: The Time we Spring Cleaned the World

A poem, author unknown, to help young people make sense of the current COVID19 situation

Activity 19: Creating a positive mindset (part two)

A simple activity to examine our thoughts and choose which to keep and which to let go.

Activity 20: for parents/ carers. Supporting our children to manage anger

A look at how anger affects our children and suggestions of how to support them

Activity 21: Part 3 of creating new thoughts

Activities to turn negative thoughts into positive. Tapping technique included.

Activity 23: Access your inner villain

An exercise that can be done through drawing or play to get in touch with your inner bad guy. This helps you realise that we all have a part of ourselves that we all have a part of ourselves that isn't positive, and by recognising it, we can accept ourselves and change if we choose to.

Activity 24: For parents/carers

How to approach school-work during COVID19 lock-down by prioritising mental health.

Activity 25: For parents/ Carers

Suggestions for parents/ carers who want to implement something new into family life during COVID19 lock-down. An example given is a bedtime routine.

Activity 26: Imagination Exercise

This exercise demonstrates how we can use sounds to inspire our imagination and process deep feelings.

Activity 27: Drawing Activity

This activity helps to explore deep-rooted feelings and build resilience so that we can stop negative thoughts becoming beliefs.

Activity 28: Play at home

Explore ways to turn your home or garden into a magical imaginary world.

Activity 31: Activity to explore feelings

Using either drawing, play or discussion with a grown up, visit a fantasy world in a time machine.

Activity 32: Understanding dreams

Learn a little about why we have nightmares and how we can explore and understand them.

Activity 33: Processing Grief - For Parents and Carers

Support for parents/carers helping young people process grief, especially during COVID19.

Activity 34: Dealing with bullying

A guide for young people on how to deal with bullying, including a little about why people bully but a main focus on how best to put a stop to the behaviour and process the complex emotions that people subject to bullying are left with afterwards.

Activity 35: Creating an emotion-friendly home - For Parents and Carers

For parents and carers. Approach and strategies for encouraging children to express emotions.

Activity 36: Managing Worries

Two simple activities to help children share their worries.

Activity 37: Emotion Coaching (For parents, carers and professionals)

Part 1 of 5 videos exploring how emotion coaching encourages positive brain development.

Activity 38: Emotion Coaching (For parents, carers & professionals)

Part 2 of 5 videos. Explore your responses to challenging emotions. A look at different styles and a discussion of how they fit with emotion coaching.

Activity 39: Bedtime relaxation

Visualisation for children to listen to as they fall asleep to promote a peaceful sleep and positive dreams.

Activity 40: Emotion Coaching-Step 1 = Empathy (For parents, carers and professionals)

Part 3 of 5. How to use empathy, as step one of the emotion coaching strategy.

Activity 41: Emotion Coaching. Step 2 = Set Limits (For parents, carers and professionals)

Video 4 of 5 Emotion Coaching training. Step 2 of the sequence where we set limits/ state boundaries on behaviour.

Activity 42: Emotion Coaching. Step 3 = Co-Learning (For parents, carers and professionals)

Video 5 of 5 Emotion Coaching training talking. Step 3 of the sequence where we create a plan with our children to help them manage their emotions, and the behaviour that results from it.

Activity 44: Quick & effective technique to release anger

Demonstration of tapping technique to release anger in the moment.

Activity 46: COVID19-related anxiety behaviours

Why otherwise-resilient children might display anxiety-driven behaviours due to COVID19 and how adults can support.

Activity 47: Super-hero character

A drawing activity for children in school bubbles or at home to get in touch with their powerful side.

  • Sir John Sherbrooke Junior School,
  • Flatts Lane, Calverton, Nottingham,
  • Nottinghamshire, NG14 6JZ,