What are foundation imagination tools?

Child Educational Psychologist & Author Charlotte Reznick, shares advice for parents on how foundation imagination tools can help kids to be calm and reduce stress
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What are foundation imagination tools?

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Foundation imagination tools help children center, and get ready to go inside. My first one is the balloon breath. It's an easy visual. You kind of imagine that there is a balloon below your belly button, and you kind of breathe in, so the balloon expands. When you breathe out, it flattens. What that does is, it centers you, it calms you, it lowers blood pressure and all kinds of good things. That's the first step to be able to go inside and center and connect with your own resources and wisdom. Once you are there, you want to find a safe sanctuary. I call it, discovering a special place. Everyone deserves that. A special place is like a mini-vacation where you can relax, you can respite from your stresses. It is also a place to do your inner work. So once your calm -- One girl had a special place that had all kinds of buttons to it. She said she transformed it into, whatever she needed, a garden or water. Whenever she wanted to change it, she could push a button to go somewhere else. It can be a peaceful place. It can be indoors. It can be outdoors. It's somewhere you feel safe. Somewhere you can invite people or animals, but once they step through the door, they totally love and accept you for who you are.

Child Educational Psychologist & Author Charlotte Reznick, shares advice for parents on how foundation imagination tools can help kids to be calm and reduce stress

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Charlotte Reznick, PhD

Psychologist & Author

Charlotte Reznick, PhD, is a child educational psychologist, a former UCLA Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, and author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book, The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success. Dr. Reznick is also creator of Imagery For Kids: Breakthrough for Learning, Creativity and Empowerment, a mindful, positive coping skills program, and writer/producer of several therapeutic relaxation CDs for children, teens and parents. In addition to her private practice, she is a frequent media consultant, and teaches workshops internationally on the healing power of children's imagination.

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