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Calm Fairies

Helping anxious kids feel safe & calm

Calm Fairies sessions are a fusion of:

  • Calm breathing

  • Therapeutic movement

  • Mindfulness techniques

  • Art Therapy 

  • Play based activities

  • Restorative yoga poses

Calm Fairies help anxious kids feel safe and calm in: 

  • hospital wards

  • hospices

  • pathology clinics

  • OT/ physio sessions

  • mental health clinics

  • therapy sessions

  • DV refuges

  • schools & daycare centres

  • coaching sessions

  • private 1:1 home sessions

Calm Fairies offers online and hands on training for: 

  • health professionals

  • therapists

  • educators

  • yoga teachers

  • parents​

  • coaches

  • those of you who want to join the Calm Fairies team

 

Want to learn more about Calm Fairies? 

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The Calm Fairies Story

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My introduction to this work began back in the year 2000 when I volunteered at the Royal Children's Hospital (now known as Brisbane Children's Hospital) during my university years.

 

I had started studying to be a Primary School Teacher, but changed degrees and ended up working in Children's TV.

 

Those skills in TV production led me to help out in the "Wonder Factory". Patients and siblings would come in to play and have a break from hospital life, perform shows or be a radio DJ and this was filmed and broadcast on the hospital TV channel, so that other kids in bed could be included. Other times, I would teach yoga, do craft or go around to the wards to read stories and play games with the kids who were too sick to leave their bed. 

 

This volunteer work led me to working for 7 years in the Child & Family Therapy Unit (mental health) teaching fitness and yoga for the kids. 

After completing my Yoga Therapy study, I relocated and volunteered at my local hospital. Since 2011 Wishlist Foundation has generously funded my work in the Child & Adolescent Ward at Sunshine Coast University Hospital (previously Nambour Hospital Children's Ward). 

 

Almost always dressed as a fairy, the nurses referred to me as "The Yoga Fairy". Over the years, I have integrated different calming modalities into the program- which led to the new name "Calm Fairies".  

 

Now it is time to expand the Calm Fairies team, so that there is a Calm Fairy for every Children's hospital ward in Australia (eventually the world!) 

Do you want to join the Calm Fairies team?

If you want to be a part of the Calm Fairies team,  register your interest now!

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The 3 pathways of Calm Fairies Training

It is now time for me to share everything that I have learnt over the past 15 years of helping anxious kids to feel safe and calm, so that together we can help reduce childhood anxiety with Calm Fairies all over Australia (and eventually the world!) ​

 

There are 3 pathways of training:

 

1. Online course: "The Fundamentals of helping anxious kids feel calm" is a great first step to learn tools that you can apply immediately.

2. Calm Coach Training to get access to all of the online courses PLUS some bonus courses PLUS mentorship with me PLUS access to the "hands on" training retreat​

3. Calm Fairies Training to join the Calm Fairies team in hospitals and medical settings. 

This training starts with the Calm Coach Training and then leads into sponsored "on the job" Calm Fairies training.  

 

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Online 

Courses

Straightforward, practical online courses for health professionals, coaches,

teachers & parents.

 

Set out in bite sized pieces so that you can absorb the information easily and feel confident to apply the tools immediately to help anxious kids & teens feel calm.

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Calm Coach Training

Do you want to facilitate

 one on one sessions with kids to teach them the tools they need to help themselves feel calm?

 

  The Calm Coach Training gives you the entire menu of online courses 

+ some bonus courses + mentorship with me.

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Calm Fairies

Training

Do you want to dress up as a fairy and visit kids in hospitals; hospices & medical settings?

The first step is the 

Calm Coach Training.

 

Then the Calm Fairies team will sponsor your onsite training at a location near you. 

If you want to know as soon as the first online course is available mid 2020, register your interest now!

1. Online Courses

The Calm Fairies online courses are designed especially for health professionals, teachers and parents to learn at their own pace, for personal or professional development.​

Topics covered in the online courses:

  • The Fundamentals of helping anxious kids feel calm

  • Brain break from screens

  • Teens

  • Helping kids with special conditions (includes: Autism; ADHD; Anorexia; Asthma) 

  • Restoring the nervous system to improve sleep

A fusion of:

  • The science of anxiety

  • Calm breathing

  • Therapeutic movement

  • Mindfulness techniques

  • Art Therapy 

  • Play based activities

  • Restorative yoga poses

Learn the information and tools you need to be able to help kids immediately feel safe and calm. 

If you want to know as soon as the first course is available in June, 2020, register your interest now!

2. Calm Coach Training

Do you already work with anxious children and need extra tools to include into your sessions?

Or do you want to become a Calm Coach and facilitate 1:1 sessions with kids?

The Calm Coach training includes ALL of the online courses: 

  • The Fundamentals of helping anxious kids feel calm

  • Brain break from screens

  • Teens

  • Helping kids with special conditions (includes: Autism; ADHD; Anorexia; Asthma) 

  • ​Restoring the nervous system to improve sleep

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PLUS:

  • Helping kids who have experienced trauma

  • How to tailor a Calm Coach session to meet the needs of the individual child

  • Self care for you as a facilitator

PLUS:

  • Online mentorship with me

  • Access to the "hands on" training retreat

A fusion of:

  • The science of anxiety

  • Calm breathing

  • Therapeutic movement

  • Mindfulness techniques

  • Art therapy

  • Play based activities

  • Restorative yoga poses

The Calm Coach training takes you to the NEXT LEVEL of skill, competency and confidence in helping anxious kids feel calm. 

If you want to know as soon as the first course is available in 2020,

register your interest now!

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3. Calm Fairies Training

Do you want to dress up as a fairy and be a delightful, yet gentle and calming presence in an otherwise stressful environment? 

Calm Fairies help kids feel safe & calm:

  • Before and after surgery

  • Before, during and after medical procedures like blood tests; cannulas; scans; nasal gastric tube insertion etc

  • During long term treatment and palliative care

  • In mental health wards/ clinics

  • Whilst processing traumatic experiences

The Calm Fairies training includes ALL of the online courses: 

  • The Fundamentals of helping anxious kids feel calm

  • Brain break from screens

  • Teens

  • Helping kids with special conditions (includes: Autism; ADHD; Anorexia; Asthma) 

  • ​Restoring the nervous system to improve sleep

​​

  • PLUS:

  • Helping kids who have experienced trauma

  • How to tailor a Calm Coach session to meet the needs of the individual child

  • Self care for you as a facilitator

  • Online mentorship with me

  • Access to the "hands on" training retreat

PLUS:

  • Extra training specific to the medical environment

  • Sponsored "on the job" training at a medical setting near you 

 

Calm Fairies sessions are a fusion of:

  • The science of anxiety

  • Calm breathing

  • Therapeutic movement

  • Mindfulness techniques

  • Art therapy

  • Play based activities

  • Restorative yoga poses

The Calm Fairies training is partly self funded (you need to do the Calm Coach training) and sponsored "on the job" training.

"Her anxiety began to creep up but she did pretty well not to struggle while the nurse began. However, the needle didn't go in properly and we could see Elki starting to panic (as were we) but with some breathing techniques I learnt from the Calm Fairies [Yoga Therapist] at the hospital, Elki soon calmed down and breathed with me while they repositioned the needle... we are so proud of Elki today, she was the bravest we have ever seen her"

 

~Elki's Mum, Lisa 

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How to become part of the Calm Fairies team: 

 

Step 1:  Register your interest now and receive all of the information for you to look over in your own time to see if being a Calm Fairy is truly the right fit for you. 

Step 2:  Once you sign up, the online training is where you learn all of the theory of how to help kids feel calm. This is called Calm Coach training and it starts mid 2020. 

 

Step 3:  After you complete the online Calm Coach training, the Calm Fairies team will seek sponsorship for you to get on the job training and ongoing work at a hospital/ clinic near you.  

If you want to join the Calm Fairies team, register your interest now!

Online training starts mid 2020. 

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The Calm Fairies Fusion

I've been fascinated in learning about childhood development, psychology, education and movement my whole life. When I couldn't find a training like this to undertake myself, I created it for myself- and for you- so that we could have the right combination of tools and knowledge to truly help kids!

 

I've studied the work of the world's leading experts: Bessel Van Der Kolk (pictured); Pat Ogden; Daniel Siegel; Peter Levine; Stephen Porges and more. I've combined that knowledge with my 15 years experience as a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher and working as a Yoga Therapist in Paediatric Hospital wards. 

I have packaged up this content into easy to understand courses with tools that give you the confidence to help kids immediately. 

You're in safe hands with Stacey Louise

As your course facilitator, I draw upon my work in children's hospital wards since 2005, helping children to feel safe and calm when they are anxious before surgeries, in extreme pain, in a mental health crisis and during medical procedures. 

I am a Yoga Therapist, Level 3 Registered Yoga Teacher with 15 years teaching experience; a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT) and the creator of Inspired Kids Yoga Teacher Training which is a Registered Children's Yoga School (RCYS) at international standard with Yoga Alliance.  I have been facilitating Yoga Teacher Training since 2012. 

From my tertiary studies, I have experienced working as a classroom teacher in primary school and in Children's TV studio production at Network TEN. 

In the Calm Fairies training, I share with you what I have learnt over the past 20 years of working with children in different contexts in practical, bite sized pieces, using real life stories and easy to understand language. 
 

If you want to learn how to help anxious kids feel safe and calm, register your interest now. 

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