For Families and Carers : Emotional well-being resources

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The link between emotional and physical well-being is well known. Government advice (updated in July 2020) outlines the skills that should be taught to primary and secondary aged pupils, as part of their PHSE curriculum.

Our current situation, living through the COVID-19 pandemic, has been especially difficult for people who have Down’s syndrome and other learning disabilities. For some, feelings of isolation have been magnified and many of the strategies suggested to help us cope with stress are not accessible to people who have a learning disability.

We have spent the last two years working an innovative new set of resources to support the emotional well-being of

  • children and adults with Down’s syndrome, and
  • their parents and family-carers.

The launch of these resources, outlined below, could not be more timely, coming as it does in the midst of COVID-19 and ongoing regional lockdowns.

The accessible resources have been produced in close collaboration with people who have Down’s syndrome, members of our Having a Voice® and Our Voice groups.

All the resources are available, individually, for FREE from our online shop, and the full collection is available in a single bundle as well.

Supporting emotional well-being: for parents and supporters

This guide, for supporters and parents, will help you to think about ways to promote positive emotional well-being for people who have Down’s syndrome. It also includes vital advice and guidance for the parents and supporters themselves, to resource their own well-being and take care of themselves.


Accessible resources

These practical resources can be used to support various aspects of emotional well-being. Some people may be able to some or all of these resources on their own but others may need help from parents and supporters.

More about the accessible resources

How am I? 

This is a teaching resource to help people identify their emotions, or feelings each day and to identify what might help them.

There are examples of emotions and feelings and blank sheets so that people can record their own.

There are examples of things that may help and blank sheets so that people can come up with their own ideas.

Most people will find it beneficial to work through the resource with a supporter, or teacher.

Let’s talk about feelings

This is a teaching resource to help people learn about emotions, or feelings. It covers:

  • The words and signs we use to talk about feelings.
  • What different emotions feel like?
  • What different feelings look like on people’s faces?
  • What might make people feel different emotions?

Mindfulness

This is a resource to help people understand what “Mindfulness” is and how they might bring mindfulness into their everyday life.

It includes links to a couple of mindfulness activities for people to try.

Stress Bucket 

This is a teaching resource to help people understand about getting stressed and good things they can do to help them to be calm again.

Things you can make or buy

This is a resource about things you can make (or buy) to boost self-esteem and to help people feel better if they are feeling a bit low.

Changes that can happen in families 

This is a teaching resource to help people to understand some of the changes that can happen in families. It offers reassurance that usually no one is to blame for these events and that they are a part of normal life for many families.

Bullying

This is a teaching resource to help people learn about different types of bullying and what to do if they are being bullied.

Anger 

This is a teaching resource about anger; how anger feels and how to deal with it.

Top ten tips for well-being

A quick reminder of ten simple things to do to maintain your well-being

All the resources are available, individually, for FREE from our online shop, and the full collection is available in a single bundle as well.

Relaxation activity (audio) 

This is an audio recording to help people relax.

 

Things I do to relax 

This video features people who have Down’s syndrome talking about what helps them to relax.

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