• Virtual Calming Room

    Feelings Are Normal

    We are operating in uncharted territory right now and many things are still unknown. Your DSISD Social & Emotional Learning team of mental health professionals, professional counselors and dedicated teachers want you to know that your feelings are valid, no matter what they are.

    You might feel scared, confused, overwhelmed, angry, alone, grateful or completely calm. You might feel many things throughout the days or all at once, like being upset that an event was cancelled, but happy that you can do things like wear your PJs all day.

    Your feelings are normal; the situation is not.

    The Virtual Calming Room is a place for students, families and staff to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings and building our resilience during this pandemic.

    We are here to support you!


    Disclaimer: The following links are purely for educational purposes and are not intended as psychological interventions or as a substitute for psychological treatment. If you are in need of psychological help, you should seek the consultation of a licensed mental health professional.

  • Visual Relaxation

    Visual Relaxation

    Video clips of various peaceful scenes in nature can be linked from YouTube. Simply viewing waterfalls or the ocean can help tune out anxiety! Ideas to search for include open ocean, Earth from above, Aurora Borealis, virtual forest walk, cosmic relatxtion, snow falling, color kaleidoscope, or waterfalls.


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    Coloring and Creativity

    Doodling, drawing, sketching, coloring ... all of these creative outlets have therapuetic value! Check out these online tools.




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    Smartphone Apps

    Many apps are available for smart phone users that offer mental health support and guidance using many approaches: relaxation/meditation techniques, journaling, methods to overcome sleeplessness, anxiety management, and more. Many apps are free, and some are better suited to older students.