Children and Families

Children’s Healing Studio Ltd. provides the following services in Studio for children and families:

Play to Heal Program for Kids

The Play to Heal Program is a play-based program designed to support children’s social and emotional development. The goal is to support children in identifying emotions, communicating how they feel, and learn to regulate their emotions and behaviour. This is a personalized program, offering 1-1 support to children and families.

The objectives of the Play to Heal Program is:


🐞to help children understand the loss or change they are experiencing and how to journey through the grief process (death, divorce, new baby, move to a new home/school)
🐞to help children develop skills for emotional recognition, emotional expression and coping strategies for managing difficult life transitions/events
🐞to help children develop strategies for self-regulation in order to change difficult behaviours such as tantrums, aggression, and defiance
🐞to help children to develop coping strategies when a child or family member is diagnosed with a terminal illness

Sessions are offered face-to-face in Studio, or virtually

Children’s Group Programs


Each month, we offer group programming for children including:

Confidently You


This is a 4-week program that fosters children’s self-esteem

Program Description

It is so important for children to have a positive sense of self. Confidence and self-love create healthy foundations for children’s development and overall well-being. Children learn by exploring their environments, trying new things, taking risks, and interacting with others. In order to do all of this, children require confidence and self-love. They need to believe that they are competent enough to take risks, they are important enough to belong to a group of peers, and they are resilient enough to bounce back from unexpected challenges.

Program Goals:

  • Children will develop a positive self-concept through identifying their values, attitudes, and beliefs.
  • Children will build self-esteem by identifying and sharing personal strengths and interests.
  • Children will learn to identify and express their feelings.
  • Children will develop a positive self-image and acceptance of physical attributes.
  • Children will demonstrate confidence engaging in groups.
  • Children will develop effective communication skills to solve conflicts and build relationships.
  • Children will practice gratitude.

Each class, the children will make a tool that supports their self-identity and self-esteem.

Resiliently You

Resilience is an important part of healing, and it’s something we assume children develop naturally- but it is not. Resilience requires the right tools, experiences and people to develop. That’s why I created this program as a healing tool at Children’s Healing Studio Ltd.

This is a 4-week program that supports children in building resilience.

Program Description:

In the most simplest form, resilience can be defined as the ability to bounce back from difficult experiences in life. Resilience is an essential component of children’s development in order to support their overall well-being. From a very young age and all throughout life, children will experience challenges including great big losses and changes. Although difficult, this is a normal part of life. As a result, it is important to equip children with the knowledge and skills they need to move through these experiences with little to no traumatic impact.

Program Goals:

•Children will learn to identify and express their feelings.
•Children will learn to identify their stressors and demonstrate effective coping skills when faced with a difficult life experience.
•Children will identify and practice helpful coping strategies.
•Children will understand their locus of control. Specifically they will identify things and situations they can control and those they cannot.
•Children will practice developing goals and expressing their hopes and dreams.
•Children will identify their support system and the people in those systems.
•Children will practice positive affirmations and problem solving, both of which will support them during difficult times.

Each week your child will come home with a coping tool or technique to help them with emotional expression and to cope with worries.

Mindfully You

Mindfulness can be described to children as slowing down, being present in the current moment, and being aware of our actions and how they impact ourselves and others. Mindfulness requires the right tools, experiences and modeling to develop. That’s why I created this program as an emotional development tool at Children’s Healing Studio Ltd.

This is a 4-week program that supports children in practicing mindfulness. It is offered for groups of children in preschool-grade 5.

Program Description:
In the most simplest form, mindfulness can be defined as a simple technique that encourages children to pay attention to the present moment in an accepting and nonjudgmental manner. Mindfulness teaches children to listen into their own bodies, become aware of their emotions and behaviours, and learn to be mindful of how their thoughts and emotions translate into behaviours that may have positive or negative impacts on themselves and others. Mindfulness has become an essential component of children’s development in order to decrease anxiety, promote happiness, and build relationships. 

Program Goals

  • Children will learn to identify and verbally express their feelings.
  • Children will learn to use mindfulness as a tool for identifying their triggers that lead to difficult behaviours.
  • Children will identify and practice helpful mindfulness strategies to use during challenging experiences.
  • Children will learn how to use mindfulness as a tool for understanding their actions and how those actions impact themselves and others.
  • Children will practice developing strategies for managing their behaviour. 
  • Children will practice positive affirmations and problem solving, both of which will support them during difficult times.

Each week the children will learn or create a mindfulness tool or technique to help them with being present and aware of themselves and their surroundings. This in turn, will support them in managing challenging behaviours.

Yoga and Mindfulness Classes

Each class has a theme, whether it’s bravery, friendship, emotional expression, loving-kindness, or managing worries. The class begins with a children’s storybook based on the week’s theme. Dr. Merenda then leads the children through a simple yoga flow that is accompanied by a discussion that extends on the theme. Following the yoga flow, the children participate in a creative activity and the class ends with a relaxing meditation.

Workshops for Children

Each month, we offer a collection of workshops for children and families to help promote positive mental health. Workshop topics include confidence, resilience, behaviour management, coping with worries, utilizing crystals and essential oils for self-care, mindfulness and more.

Join our mailing list to receive monthly newsletters with information for new and upcoming workshops for children and families. You may also follow us on Instagram @childrenshealingstudio where we post registration information