Friday, January 27, 2012

Coping with Change

Coping with change is difficult, no matter what your age.  To help students cope with change, whether it is the divorce of parents, moving to a new school, or the loss of a loved one, school counselors can work with students in small group or individually to help children find coping strategies.  One activity that I like to use with students is making a kaleidoscope. I found this website with directions to make kaleidoscopes out of recycled paper towel tubes:

Make Your Own Kaleidoscope Directions

A kaleidoscope is a visual aid to remind students that things are changing all the time.  The way we handle change is all about the way we look at it.  Change can be good and in some instances beautiful.  While making the kaleidoscope, we can discuss, "What things have changed in your life as a result of this change?" and "How have you changed as a result of this change?"  "What are some things you do to help when you are feeling upset about this change?" 

Here are some pictures of kaleidoscopes students made in small group:  

I also like to pull up this website on the Smart Board where children can make their own virtual kaleidoscope: Interactive Kaleidoscope

What activities do you use when helping children cope with change?  I would love any new ideas!

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