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Trauma-Informed Social-Emotional Toolbox for Children & Adolescents

116 Worksheets & Skill-Building Exercises to Support Safety, Connection & Empowerment

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Laura Sibbald, MA, CCC-SLP, ASDCS, CYMHS |  Dr. Lisa Weed Phifer, DEd, NCSP
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May 26, 2020
PESI Publishing
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Empower children and adolescents to cope with trauma and build resiliency.

Written by expert clinicians, the activities in this workbook support a foundation of social-emotional language, an increase in consistency and routine, regulation of tough emotions, and the formation of connections with others.

Inside you will find 116 easy-to-use, solution-focused activities and worksheets developed with a trauma-informed lens that promote skills such as:

  • Building a sense of safety in your environment
  • Fostering trust and positive regard
  • Establishing healthy coping skills
  • Promoting problem-solving pathways
  • Developing personal empowerment, confidence and wellness



Laura Sibbald, MA, CCC-SLP, ASDCS, CYMHS's Profile

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Laura Sibbald, MA, CCC-SLP, ASDCS, CYMHS, is passionate about neurodiversity advocacy and empowerment, with over ten years of experience supporting and advocating for students with learning differences and their families. She is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist, a published author, and an invited speaker on the topics of trauma-informed best practices, supporting self-advocacy and self-determination, and developing neurodiversity-affirming interventions. She is the founder and owner of ND SLP Advocate, LLC.

In advancing affirming practices for the neurodivergent community, she is an active member of the College Autism Network, the Neurodiversity Employment Network, and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association DEI Committee. Beginning in 2021, Laura has presented at and moderated the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Annual PESI Autism Symposium, where she has had the privilege of interviewing Temple Grandin as part of the keynote “Different…Not Less”.

Laura coauthors the Trauma-Informed Social-Emotional Toolbox for Children & Adolescents (PESI, 2020) and the Parenting Toolbox (PESI, 2018). Both workbooks provide practical strategies on pragmatic language and executive function skills that can readily transfer into clinical and educational professional practices. She is an involved PSHA DEI Committee member and ASHA member, serving as a topic committee member for the 2022 ASHA Convention in business practices for speech-language pathology. Laura graduated from The George Washington University in 2011 with a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology.

Laura currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. She is the inaugural Associate Director for the Center for Accessibility and Learning Services/Neurodiversity Initiatives at Chestnut Hill College, where she creates and implements a variety of opportunities to support the empowerment of students who learn differently.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Laura Sibbald has an employment relationship with Chestnut Hill College. She is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties. Laura Sibbald receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Laura Sibbald is a member of the Pennsylvania Speech Language Hearing Association and the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

Dr. Lisa Weed Phifer, DEd, NCSP's Profile

Dr. Lisa Weed Phifer, DEd, NCSP Related seminars and products

Lisa Weed Phifer, DEd, NCSP, is a nationally certified school psychologist, certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist, and author who has a well-established career supporting school-based mental health and social emotional learning for children and adolescents. Phifer's work has focused on integrating cognitive-based therapy (CBT) and core social emotional competencies into practical, child-focused activities. She has presented across the U.S. and internationally to educators, clinicians, and parents on topics of CBT, trauma-informed practices, and social emotional learning. She is the lead author of the CBT Toolbox for Children & Adolescents (PESI, 2017), Parenting Toolbox (PESI, 2018 and the Trauma-Informed Social Emotional Toolbox for Children & Adolescents (PESI, 2020). Additionally, she is published in the School Mental Health Journal and contributed to both editions of Supporting and Educating Traumatized Children (Rossen, 2020).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Lisa Weed Phifer has an employment relationship with Fairfax County Public Schools. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Lisa Weed Phifer has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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