Teaching belly breathing to your child

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Teaching belly breathing to your child

We know that belly breathing can be soothing to our nervous systems, so what a great gift to be able to give our children from an early age. When I'm teaching a young child about belly breathing, I often use a rubber duck or a small stuffed animal. I invite the child to lay on the floor and place the duck or the stuffed animal on their belly, and encourage them to begin to breath into their tummy, creating gentle waves for the duck to ride on. This is a great thing to introduce to a child when they are in a receptive mood. Then, when times get tough and they get stressed about something, you can ask them if they would like to try some belly breathing with their duck or favorite stuffed animal.

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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