Relax Kids in Schools

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Relax Kids is Award Winning! 

Hertfordshire

Relax Kids was used as part of an NHS programme which went on to win the Nursing Standards Award for the Mental Health Category. 

The Relax Kids program is endorsed by Ofsted.

 

 

“As a mental health professional I know the difference a relaxed mind can make towards improved concentration and behaviour.” Deborah Bone Emotional and Mental Health Advisor CAMHS

 

“It really does make a difference to the lives of those who participate.

Children are less hyper-active, therefore calmer, kinder and more focused.”

Beverly Crooks, OFSTED inspector

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Relax Kids sessions boost children’s self-esteem, encouraging them to think as individuals and put forward their ideas and opinions confidently.

Every Relax Kids exercise or activity challenges children to think creatively and expand their imaginations, whether they are imagining that they are walking like a robot, breathing ice on a glass window, or floating down a river.

Relax Kids also teaches children the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Positive affirmations teach children to love, care and respect themselves and their physical health. Each session includes dance and movement games, to help children keep fit and healthy in a fun way.

How can the Relax Kids program help schools support pupil mental health?

As the Education Department suggests, mental health problems can be related to an unmet mental health need.

The Relax Kids program can help address these unmet needs and help children feel safe, secure and supported.

As well as working directly with pupils to increase resilience, Relax Kids supports staff and parents to help improve and manage behavior and provides simple yet effective mindfulness strategies to promote positive mental health.

Relax Kids helps schools incorporate relaxation as part of their pastoral care and PSHE curriculum.

 

“I believe that happiness should be taught to children of all ages. Relax Kids does just that! Relax Kids makes an important contribution to the happiness and wellbeing of our next generation.”

Dr David R Hamilton, medical scientist and Hay House author

 

Relax Kids sessions boost children’s self-esteem, encouraging them to think as individuals and put forward their ideas and opinions confidently, with support from their peers.

Every Relax Kids exercise or activity challenges children to think creatively and expand their imaginations, whether they are imagining that they are walking like a robot, breathing ice on a glass window, or floating down a river.

Relax Kids also teaches children the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Positive affirmations teach children to love and respect their bodies and their physical health. Each session includes dance and movement games, to help children keep fit and healthy in a fun way.

The sessions teach children positive values and gives them tools to develop their emotional wellbeing that will last a lifetime.

Also teaching children to respect each other’s feelings and to make informed choices, with consideration of the consequences of their actions and words.

Sessions can be used within or to supplement parts of the National Curriculum.

“It really does make a difference to the lives of those who participate.

Children are less hyper-active, therefore calmer, kinder and more focused.”

Beverly Crooks, OFSTED inspector

The Relax Kids programme can help your school reduce exclusions, improve attendance, improve attainment, raise pupils’ levels of emotional literacy and create happier pupils and teachers. Relax Kids is already used in over 500,000 schools and homes throughout the UK.

Including relaxation games, stretches, massage, breathing exercises, visualisations and positive affirmations.  The exercises can be incorporated into the classroom at any time of the day.

The programme can complement the following compulsory and non-compulsory parts of the School Curriculum :

  • PSHE
  • Speaking & Listening and Drama
  • PE
  • SEN
  • SEAL
  • Healthy Schools

Regular use of the exercises will bring peace and calm to the classroom so pupils are able to focus, concentrate and learn. Relax Kids can be also be used to counteract exam stress, peer pressure and bullying.

The BENEFITS OF RELAX KIDS TO LEARNING include:

BEHAVIOUR

  • improve behaviour
  • reduce bullying
  • reduce lunchtime incidents
  • reduce exclusions
  • improve attendance

Studies have shown that relaxation training is the most effective treatment for externalising emotional and behavioural disorders, including ADHD, bullying, fighting and aggression. *(1)

Our exercises give children the tools to respond positively and constructively to negative emotions or situations that may have previously led to an outburst.

Relax Kids uses simple breathing techniques, progressive muscle relaxation and calming visualisations to help children manage their emotions and regulate their behaviour.

We show you in a simple and easy way how to slow down their breathing, release tension in their muscles, and use positive affirmations to help them manage future anger outbursts.

“Afternoons and dinnertimes appeared to be a problem. Children would come in hot and often angry over incidents that happened over lunchtime. It didn’t seem to matter whether the incident had been dealt with or not. As a trial, I introduced Relax Kids -the children seem calmer immediately.”

Kathy, Primary School Teacher

*(1) Weisz, J; McCarty, C; Valeri, S. (2006). Effects of psychotherapy for depression in children and adolescents: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin. 132 (1), 132-149.

SELF-ESTEEM

  • improve self-esteem
  • create a positive learning environment
  • improve behaviour
  • reduce bullying

Children who feel good about themselves will be happier, kinder, better behaved and learn more effectively. Regular relaxation training has been proven to boost children’s self-esteem *(1)

Children with low self-esteem are often too shy to put forward their own ideas or participate in group discussions, which can prevent them from developing socially and academically.

Bullying and misbehaviour can also occur as a result of poor self-image. Children who feel that they are not ‘good’ or ‘clever’, will behave accordingly. Some children with low self-esteem may attack other’s self-image to try and make themselves feel superior.

When children believe in themselves and their abilities, they will work harder and achieve better, without fear of failure or self-doubt holding them back. They will also be kinder to themselves and each other.

The affirmation exercises help children recognise their positive qualities and learn to focus on and develop their strengths.

“My class love the self-esteem exercises. They particularly enjoy the affirmations. I have noticed that the children are more confident and happy as a result  of these techniques.” Marie, Teacher

Margolis, H. (1990). Relaxation training: A promising approach for helping exceptional learners. International Journal of Disability, 37(3), 215-234.

ANXIETY

  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • improve confidence
  • increase participation
  • improve attendance
  • improve attainment

Whether children are anxious about making friends, worried about their academic performance or extra-curricular activities, or afraid to put their hand up in a lesson, anxiety can make children feel miserable, run-down, and hold them back from achieving their full- potential.

Stress hormones suppress the immune system, which can lead children to feel run-down and increase recovery time. Studies have shown that just 10 minutes a day of relaxation techniques can reduce stress, and significantly lower children’s blood pressure and heart rate.* (1)

Breathing techniques, progressive muscle relaxation and calming visualisations have all been proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels, and alleviate tension headaches in children. *(2)

Children will learn simple techniques to help slow down their breathing, release the tension in their muscles, calm down and let go of their anxieties, so they feel totally relaxed and ready to learn.

“We use Relax Kids every morning as soon as the children are settled. I have been really pleased with the way the children have responded. In fact, they asked me to do an exercise before we did a practice SATs paper last week! I`d recommend Relax Kids, and will be using it from Sept with my new Y6 class.”

Lousie, Teacher

Barnes, VA; Davis, HC; Murzynowski, JB; Treiber, FA. (2004). Impact of meditation on resting and ambulatory blood pressure and heart rate in youth. Psychosom Med. 66 (6), 909-14.

Margolis, H. (1990). Relaxation training: A promising approach for helping exceptional learners. International Journal of Disability, 37(3), 215-234.

CONCENTRATION

  • improve attention span
  • reduce disruptive behaviour
  • improve class participation
  • improve results

Relaxation training has been shown to be the most effective treatment for externalising behavioural disorders, including ADHD (*1), as well as ADD and concentration problems.

Most children have a million things running through their head at any given time, so the skill and ability to stop and focus on one thing has to be learned.

Children’s concentration is also affected by their environment. When one pupil in a class is acting up or misbehaving, as well as distracting the other children, it may cause the other children feel unsettled or become anxious.

Emotional stress disrupts the connection between nervous system activity and the brain, limiting important cognitive processes essential for clear thinking, memory, and attention. *(2)

The simple techniques the children learn in a Relax Kids session help them calm down, clear their minds, let go of stress, and focus; including progressive muscle relaxation, visual imagery, positive affirmations or breathing techniques.

These techniques can all be easily incorporated into the classroom, either at the beginning of the lesson, or as a short breather exercise if children are getting too worked up.

A calmer classroom has less disruptive pupils, less distractions, and creates a better working environment for everyone, ensuring every child has  a chance to reach their full potential.

“Concentration and listening skills have improved in class, and they are much kinder to themselves and each other”

Debbie, Head Teacher

Weisz, J; McCarty, C; Valeri, S. (2006). Effects of psychotherapy for depression in children and adolescents: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin. 132 (1), 132-149.

Arguelles, L; McCraty,R; Rees, R. A. (2003). The Heart in Holistic Education. Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice. 16 (3), 13-21.

ATTAINMENT

  • improve concentration
  • boost creativity
  • improve motivation
  • improve results

The Relax Kids in Schools programme creates a better learning environment for all children. Improved behaviour and fewer disruptions allow children to concentrate, and by boosting-children’s self-esteem and self-belief, children feel ready and motivated to learn.

A positive learning environment is essential in order for children to get the most out of school. If children are regularly exposed to negative behaviour or emotional stress, nervous system activity is affected, and important cognitive processes are limited, such as those responsible for clear thinking, memory, problem solving and reasoning, and attention. *(1)

Researchers have found that during positive emotional states, a higher cognitive state is generated, and children can maximise their learning potential. *(2)

Relaxation techniques have been proven to improve behaviour, improve self- esteem and encourage reading achievement. *(3)

Our visualisation exercises encourage children to use their imaginations and think creatively. Each exercise is designed to help children clear their minds for the duration of the exercise and engage wholly and creatively in an imaginative visualisation or story. This helps children enjoy developing their reading and language skills.

“Teachers have noticed a big difference in the ability of their pupils to focus on their work and the children are much calmer after doing Relax Kids exercises. In one Year 3 class, the teacher was surprised at the speed at which the scheme started to impact on class morale.”

John Fardon, Northamptonshire Children & Young People’s Service

(1) Arguelles, L; McCraty,R; Rees, R. A. (2003). The Heart in Holistic Education. Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice. 16 (3), 13-21.

(2) Amon, K; Campbell, A. ( 2008). Biofeedback and children with AD/HD. Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology. 8 (1), 7284 .

(3) Margolis, H. (1990). Relaxation training: A promising approach for helping exceptional learners. International Journal of Disability, 37(3), 215-234.