Stress-Free Transitions for Youth

While many kids can’t wait to get to camp, start the new school year, or join a new activity or team, the transition for some can be difficult.

Transitioning back home, at the end of the day, or semester, can be even harder, especially if home isn’t a sanctuary.

We all have to adapt to transitions throughout our lives. But what we don’t realize is how the physical and emotional tolls can affect our wellbeing. Transitions come with hidden feelings that often go unrecognized. Because of this, they don’t get managed or processed, and so can lead to burnout, anxiety, and behavioural issues. Even if a transition is an exciting one, stress hormones and mental preparation can leave us exhausted.

For tweens and teens, transitions come with questions:

  • Will I fit in?

  • Will I be bullied?

  • Will I make friends?

  • Will I have fun?

  • Will I be able to stand up for myself?

  • Will I be able to handle the stress?

  • What is going to happen?

These are difficult concerns to handle when they don’t have the developmental “resources” to know how to navigate it all. As such, these questions, excitements, anxieties, worries, fears, joys all culminate in “overload” that - because it is unrecognized - comes out in behavioral issues or mental/emotional difficulties.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to help kids recognize what emotions are behind their symptoms
  • How to prep them for the experience of transitioning to camp/school/activities - and the excitement/fear behavioral issues that come from it - and the sadness (and fear) that may come of transitioning back out of it 
  • Learn to recognize the kids who aren’t transitioning well - and be able to identify transition stresses from behavioral or mental health issues 
  • How to identify the kids that are struggling because they are having to transition home in a few days where home may not be a safe space – to better understand why all of a sudden their behavior or mental health issues are present

Take-Away Strategies & Tools:

  • Strategies to help them transition into and out of critical social networks (friend groups)
  • The “emotional iceberg” (reaction, versus what’s under the surface)
  • Skills and strategies that set them up to succeed not just transitioning to and from camp/school but that they can use when they are transitioning in other areas of their life
  • How to create a camp/school/activity culture where kids feel safe sharing their feelings and worries from the outset

Additional Information:

  • This talk has been developed for audiences of adults who work with youth
  • Standard length is 60-75 minutes, but this can be extended into a workshop with skill-building activities, breakout groups, and case studies
  • This session is available for virtual or for in-person delivery
  • Client will be responsible for speaker travel costs, plus a per diem over and above the speaker fee
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