Thoughts and feelings make up a lot of a daily lives. Children and young people are developing their understanding of thoughts and feelings and this can be challenging. We have collected a set of resources to help families with emotional well being, ranging from finding ways to describe different feelings to managing ‘melt-downs’ when they become too overwhelming. We know that some young people find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings with words and they might show as behaviours. You may also find our page on managing behaviour helpful.
Quick Reference and Top Tips
- A top tips sheet on strategies to help someone with anxiety
- A top tips sheet on supporting a young person who may be dealing with loss or bereavement
- A top tips sheet about managing change and transition with strategies
- A top tips sheet on support young people with ‘meltdowns’
- A top tips sheet for supporting young people who might have low self-esteem
- A top tips sheet for supporting siblings of children with additional needs
- A top tips sheet to support young people with low mood
- A tool to help children understand and manage their emotions throughout the day
- Feelings communication board – a visual tool and guide to help children communicate their feelings
Booklets and Guides
- A guide to help open conversations at home, between the family
- Booklet to support children and young people with recognising and understanding different feelings
- A guide to helping make sense of how our thoughts make our bodies feel
- Relaxation strategies to help manage anxiety and intrusive thoughts
- A guide to understanding feelings and behaviour
Ambitious about autism
A collection of videos and blogs, all written or featuring autistic young people themselves, designed to explain diagnosis, autistic identity and everything that surrounds it. Young people can access these directly, or with parental support as needed, to help them begin to understand autism and their experiences and build a positive self-identity which in turn will support their wellbeing.
These further resources below are not autism-specific but can provide useful information and supports for children and young people in relation to their mental health and wellbeing.