by Akilan Rajendran
Creator, Akilan Rajendran, shares her mission:
Kinditude app focusses on the very essence of life, kindness towards one and all. Kindness is more than a random act. It is an attitude that needs to be instilled, an habit that needs to be developed.
Kinditude helps to cultivate an attitude of kindness with an elegant interface and appealing statistics.
- Shows simple ideas to express kindness towards people, animals, environment or even self.
- Captures kindness experience in an elegant journal and provides visually appealing statistics
- Reminds to be kind every day with a daily reminder
- Provides export feature to share the journal and statistics for inspiring others
- Keeps entries secure using passcode and iCloud backup
- Personalizes the app with themes, fonts and more
Dr. Liz's Review
I am so impressed that there is an app that can cultivate and encourage kindness everyday in a variety of ways! What a beautiful app that should be incorporated into the lives of our children through our families, teachers, and schools at large. How wonderful would it be if we would, as adults and children, identify one way to be kind each day and then practice it? Our classrooms and homes have the potential to be filled with positivity, encouragement, and kindness.
I am so blessed to have this app on my phone. I am encouraged to be a kinder person each day, and with this app, I won't run out of ways to do it!
Ancient Hawaiian Healings App
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Rainbow Color and Sound Therapy together - what a fantastic app! For someone who enjoys listening to meditation music, this app is perfect for me. The music is comforting, relaxing, and because it's on an endless loop, I can listen to it for as long as I need until I feel calmer and more grounded. The colors are engaging and soothing as well, and give me something to focus on when I'm feeling overwhelmed and unable to clear my mind.
Sometimes it's difficult for me to stop my incessant flow of thoughts as much as I might try. Mental imagery can be great but often times, it's just not enough for me to stop the thoughts from creeping in and taking over again. I really am enjoying how I get the benefit of the music/sounds and sights together. As I'm typing this review, the app is on in the background. I'm slowly letting go of the stressors of the day, and of a week that seemed like it was never going to end.
Thank you for creating this app. I plan on using it with my own children for calm, and will recommend it to the families with which I work as another source of relaxation that is easy to use, and highly effective.
Scaredies Away is a great book for elementary school aged children (ages 6 and up) who are struggling with anxiety! It provides an easy to follow story about two boys who are scared of new things, and even daily life tasks. A clear cut and easy strategy is explained in how to take control over the anxious thoughts or trigger and manage it. It's also very validating to identify with the secondary character who seems cool and with it to be able to share that he also struggles with anxiety. It is also encouraging and relieving to the reader that you may use this strategy multiple times in response to the same situation, and that the anxious thoughts and feelings may return the next time a child is in the same situation.
Scaredies Away also provides exposure to our children so they are better able to identify and gain awareness of their body signals of anxiety, and how to take control over those anxious feelings. By practicing the strategy described in the book, the ultimate goal is to give our kids the ability to identify their anxious response, attribute it to the cause, and identify ways to cope.
This book can be read by parents to children to initiate conversation about anxiety, or by a therapist with a child in a therapeutic session. Validating, reassuring, and empowering!
Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood
Are you raising a teenage girl? Do you want to pull your hair out? Does it feel like she's been possessed by some sort of unknown spirit? Read through this book to help you understand the emotional ups and downs of a budding adolescent girl, and how you can engage her, validate her, and understand her.
A Book Review of Helmy Adam's, The Math Handbook, for Students with Difficulties, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia or ADHD
Dr. Liz's Review:
The Math Handbook by Helmy Faber reviews many math topics at the elementary school. As a parent and Educational Psychologist, this book has helped me to understand how students make visual associations with math skills without rote repetition and memorization.
Although not meant only for visual learners, the student who learns best by being able to see the concepts and using color, can use this book as a reference to review concepts over and over again if it becomes unclear or is forgotten. It is easy to pick up and reference topics of interest to you and your child without the need to go through chapters and chapters. The colors and larger font also make it less intimidating and overwhelming.
The pages at the end of the book are a great place for students to take notes. Being able to refer back to the different lessons can potentially help to lessen anxiety about forgetting how to solve a problem or a math fact. The ultimate goal is to increase a child’s confidence in mathematics, and this book can help your child to do just that!
Mindfulness App for Children
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Mindfulness App for Children
Creators, Janik and Pia Holgersen, share their vision:
As a psychomotor therapist, I am working with clients of all ages and body awareness is a keyword in my work. My idea with Mindfulness for children, or my wish with this app is, that children use it with their parents, awareness training involving the whole family, not only the child. I believe this app offers simple but very effective exercises, for noticing bodily sensations and thoughts and become comfortable with them and not being taken over by them. This has a deeply calming effect on the nervous system and is one (of manny ways) way to support internal and interpersonal well-being.
Dr Liz's Review:
This app is easy to use and meditations are just long enough to help you and your child relax. Visual imagery is used to transfer worries that can float away with ease. Can be used to help a child ease into bedtime, during a (therapy, speech, occupational therapy) session or before receiving academic instruction to teach the body how to relax, feel positive, and improve focus.
A Book Review of Lee Wilkinson's, A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Schools, Second Edition 2nd Edition
The book makes assessment of children on the Autistic Spectrum in school very easy. It's a matter of opening the book and identifying the key areas of assessment, based on good practice. I wish I had this book as a guide when I was a member of the Child Study Team (years ago) as a School Psychologist. The areas of assessment are thorough and leave little room for questioning or error in the evaluation process. Further, good evaluation and diagnostic data then informs the treatment plan, and school program.
This book is also equally as helpful to the parent of a child who is consulting with his/her neurologist and or pediatrician. It would be great if pediatricians can have this book available to their parents when they are questioning if their child is on the Autistic Spectrum because it guides the questioning and evaluation process before the school (if the child is of school age) becomes involved.
Overall, the amount of information that can be gathered by the parent, teacher and Child Study Team, based on the recommendations made by this empirical and nicely organized book, will be extremely helpful and take out much trial and error out of the process for members involved in the process.
by Sally Shaywitz
Overcoming Dyslexia is a resource I refer to regularly on the topic of reading and writing language disabilities, specifically dyslexia. The author breaks demystifies dyslexia and makes it digestible for the parent, the teacher, and the diagnosing clinician.
The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It
by: David A Carbonnel, Ph.D.
I recently started reading this book because I was hoping to gain a few strategies to use with children and adolescents when trying to turn off worrisome, repetitive thoughts, including myself and my own children! I am really enjoying it because of how logically anxiety is explained, the types of worries, the types of worriers, and ways to break the cycle.