Ever faced a problem so big it seemed impossible? Or been continually distracted as you tried to get things done? Cards for Calm: Kids and you can solve these problems like a superhero!
BE AN IMAGINHERO
Turn anger into super-strength, raise forcefields to block negativity, meet new people with the confidence of a superhero, stop negative thoughts with a freeze-ray, use your laser vision to laser focus on a task. A part of our Imaginhero series, each superpower you imagine is something you can use to help you deal with challenges in your everyday life.
Cards for Calm: Kids is a therapy tool that teaches kids how to use visualization, creative thinking, and mindfulness to deal with anxiety, stress, and confrontation. It teaches them that imagination is their superpower.
A deck of cards, it is is designed for people aged 7 and over who are looking for ways to deal with stress or anxiety, whether they’re working through this alone, in a group, with a therapist, a counselor, or an educator.
HOW IT WORKS
The deck uses techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a form of treatment that’s suitable for people of all ages. CBT focuses on modifying the dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and thoughts of an individual.
Our thoughts and perceptions influence our behavior, and CBT is structured to help people identify when they are having unhelpful thoughts, then develop alternative ways of thinking that positively influence behavior.
This can be a difficult thing to do. Imaginhero makes this easier through a familiar framework of superhero stories. To be an Imaginhero, all you need to do is focus on something that is causing you anxiety, and imagine a superpower that can overcome it.
WHERE TO BUY
EVERYDAY PROBLEMS. SUPERHERO SOLUTIONS.
Imaginhero can be used in either individual or group sessions.
FACE A CHALLENGE
Pick a Question card and think about the challenge it describes. Find it’s Answer card and discover superpowers that can defeat anxiety, bad habits, loneliness, negative thinking.
Imagine having these powers. Develop your own that make you stronger. Be your own hero.
When faced with a challenge in real life, think of your superhero power for the strength to overcome it. The more you play, the more powers you’ll have.
ASSEMBLE YOUR HERO TEAM
Players take it in turns to be the hero of the team. The hero picks a Question card at random and reads it to the team, along with the Answer card.
POWER UP YOUR IMAGINATION
Using the ideas on the Answer card, team members suggest superpowers that will solve the problem. Get creative. Let your imagination run wild. The more you describe a superpower, the stronger it will be.
PLAY AS A GAME
To turn the session into a game by having the hero award the Question card to the player they think gave the best answer. Let imaginations go into overdrive as they help their fellow heroes think of new ways to deal with problems.
Play to a time limit or when all question cards have been played. At the end of the game, the hero with the most cards wins.