Self-Developed Tools Copy

In addition to the therapist-taught tools, children are encouraged to develop their own tools to include in their toolbox. The motivation is to empower children as much as possible to be their own agents of change—there are likely already strategies they use to help themselves feel better that can be capitalized upon. Another advantage of self-developed tools is that children may feel more connected to them and therefore will be more likely to use them. To help children generate their own tools, you can explore their hobbies and interests and help them determine which activities help them reduce their stress. You can then re-frame these activities as coping tools.

Nelson playing with a fun, imaginary tool
Nelson is developing some interesting tools of his own