Welcome Parents, Families and Educators

This series of resources will help you to understand the science beneath behaviors and emotions that are affected by adversities much like the pandemic we are all experiencing in this time!  Our brains have an ancient system, the brain-stem, that is a grand central station for all of the external and internal experiences we encounter! The brain stem doesn't tell time and it reacts as if the body feels threatened or unsafe if an event feels unfamiliar! It immediately makes associations to past events or experiences that may be unconscious and then we find ourselves feeling, anxious, panicky, worried or shut down! These are normal responses and it is so healthy to be aware of them! If there is ongoing unpredictability, our stress response systems will change the regulation set points in lower brain regions!

What can we do?

  • Share your feelings!
  • Write them down! Take deep breaths with an extended exhale! 
  • Leave an open space for your children to just "be" with you to feel safe with you! Sometimes words are not necessary! Just taking three deep breaths and a short walk can help calm our nervous systems! You will find some resources that may feel helpful, and we call these practices, Focused Attention Practices! 
  • Connections and relationships are very important in this time, so reaching out through the air waves with a phone call, a face-time, a text, or spending some time with family creating a puzzle, coloring, cooking, reading a book together, or watching a movie... words do not have to be spoken when we are feeling rough! Just being with another, feels soothing at times!


Our Brains in this Time

Edutopia article about the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and how to help our children during this time. READ ARTICLE 

What to Say to Help Kids Feel Calm When the World Feels Fragile 

This is a wonderful article to share with families!  READ ARTICLE

Building a Home for Challenging Times

An article about how a school learned to respond to trauma and how that can apply to our homes now.   READ ARTICLE

Below you will find some ideas and pictures of what an amygdala station can look like at home. 

Amygdala Station-Dim pleasant lights
Sensations can help calm the nervous system
Amygdala Station-Writing and Drawing tools
Amygda Station- Small comfortable spaces can provide a sense of safety


We invite you to listen to Dr. Lori Desautels, Ph.D., as she helps us define what is happening in our brain and develop strategies for self care during this difficult time.

Stress and Our Brains in this time of COVID - 19
Taking Care of Our Brains in This Time of COVID 19 For Parents Students and Educators