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Activities For Our Young Autoimmune Encephalitis Warriors

Children’s Activity Book Designed by AE Warriors

for Our Younger AE Warriors

Inspirational AE Warrior

  10-page Coloring Worksheet set with heart theme

AE Warrior

  4-page maze Worksheet set 

Work on your organizational skills, memory, cognitive, and fine motor skills. 

AE Warrior

  Stay Positive Word Search 

Re-learn and re-train your brain by developing problem-solving, attention span, organizational and analytical skills.

Finding Dory Dot-to-Dot 

Improve fine motor skills, concentration, short-term attention spans, cognition, and short-term memory loss issues.

IAES Zebra Logo

  Maze 

Work on your organizational skills, memory, cognitive, and fine motor skills.

Zebra Dot-to-Dot

Dot-to-dot games will assist your AE Warrior in improving:

  • Working memory: forming and storing memories, and processing information
  • Mental flexibility: planning, multitasking, and problem-solving
  • Self-control: controlling impulses and voluntary movement

Zebra Maze

Work on your: organizational skills, memory, cognitive, reasoning, and decision-making skills.

Butterfly Crossword  (with key)

Research shows doing crossword puzzles regularly can also improve your ability to focus attention on a desired task and improve your executive function and working memory. All these skills improve one’s ability to successfully navigate the challenges of everyday life. Crossword puzzles improve your overall quality of thinking and memory, attention span, organizational skills, vocabulary and reduce stress. 

AE Warrior  Animal Word Search  

Re-learn and re-train your brain by developing problem-solving, attention span, organizational and analytical skills.

IAES Sudoku Book (7 pages)

Sudoku is a popular brain teaser that uses the brain’s frontal lobe. The frontal lobe is responsible for manipulating sequences of numbers and letters, which keeps the mind active and helps people think in a sequence, solve problems, and plan/make decisions.

Feelings & Emotions Word Scramble

Helps to develop problem-solving and analytical skills.

AE Warrior

  5 Finger Brain Break 

AE Warrior

  All about me Worksheet

Scavenger Hunt  

Skills you will be working on with this exercise are: problem-solving skills, attention span, short and long-term memory, and team building/collaboration when there are 2 or more players.

AE Warrior Gratitude Jar

Calm Down Tools For Older Kids

AE Warrior

  Coping Skills Worksheet  

Letting Go of My Thoughts

What are some anxious thoughts that you might need to let go? Write them on the balloons below. Then talk about these thoughts with someone who cares about you.

How To Make a Glitter Jar

Increases focus, attention, self-control, classroom participation, and compassion. Improves academic performance, ability to resolve conflict, and overall well-being. Decreases levels of stress, depression, anxiety, disruptive behavior.

Mindfulness Journal For Kids        (12 pages)

  • Improves brain activity and creativity
  • Boosts mood and self-esteem
  • Reduces stress, worries, and regrets
  • Helps develop stronger relationships
  • Improves the quality of sleep
  • Encourages positive behavior
  • Improves decision-making ability

Mindfulness is a superpower.

AE Warrior Gratitude Journal for Kids (17 pages)

  • keeps you calm and joyful
  • boosts mood and self-esteem
  • reduces feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • helps develop stronger relationships
  • improves the quality of sleep
  • encourages positivity and optimism
  • makes life more enjoyable

AE Warrior Mindfulness Challenge

  • Improves brain activity and creativity
  • Boosts mood and self-esteem
  • Reduces stress, worries, and regrets
  • Helps develop stronger relationships
  • Improves the quality of sleep
  • Encourages positive behavior
  • Improves decision-making ability

Mindfulness is a superpower.

AE Warrior Roll and Tell

When it comes to brain health and rehabilitation from brain injury from our AE, we’re all looking for ways to re-learn and re-train our brain. This game is one you can play and not even realize you are working on brain rehabilitation as the fun ensues.

Oral storytelling challenges children and adults alike to use working memory. While telling a story, the child must tap into executive function to chain the parts of the story together and to create elements that naturally relate. While listening to others and waiting their turn, they rehearse impulse control skills. The additional executive functions in this exercise are Sequencing, patterning, working memory, reading, and logical reasoning.

Halloween Code Breaker

2-pages includes key

Work on your organizational skills, memory, cognitive, reasoning, decision-making, and fine motor skills.

Roll A Halloween Story Game

Work on your: organizational skills, memory, cognitive, reasoning, and decision-making skills.

Color by Numbers

This color by numbers will assist your AE Warrior to improve

  • Working memory: forming and storing memories, and processing information
  • Mental flexibility: planning, multitasking, and problem-solving
  • Self-control: controlling impulses and voluntary movement

Thanksgiving Roll A Story Game

Work on your: organizational skills, memory, cognitive, reasoning, and decision-making skills.

Books and Storytime For Our Young Autoimmune Encephalitis Warriors

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What is Autoimmunity?

Imagine your body as a fantastic city where different communities of tiny workers, called cells, have specific jobs to keep everything running smoothly. One group, let’s call them “The Protectors,” defends the city against intruders like germs and viruses. Autoimmunity happens when these Protectors mistakenly attack the body’s own cells, thinking they’re the bad guys. The story includes 10 questions and answers about autoimmunity.

The Kingdom of Thoughts and

NORSE (New-Onset Refractory Status Epilepticus)

NORSE , a tricky wizard, casts a spell on the Brainy Bunch, making their electrical signals go haywire. This causes a big commotion in the Kingdom of Thoughts. Help your child understand their seizure disorder with this entertaining tale. (Click to download)

FIRES (Febrile Illness-Related Refractory Seizures)

Help your child understand their FIRES seizures. Enter the land of Humanville where Mr Fever would play pranks on the residents  by causing febrile illnesses. Every time Mr. Fever played his tricks, the Neuron Knights would respond with a dazzling display of electrical activity, creating a spectacle known as a seizure. (Click to Download the story).

Cuddle up and listen to ‘Daisy Ray’ (Desiree Wolter), read her book ‘Our Fox Has Lost His Socks’. After the story time portion of this event, Desiree shares the true life story with the adults in the audiance about what happened when her husband came down with anti-NMDAr encephalitis. 

Our FOX has Lost His SOCKS  

Author Desiree Wolter has written a gentle children’s story based on true events of when her husband became ill with autoimmune encephalitis. Desiree is an IAES member from Australia. A percentage of proceeds from the sale of this book will go to supporting IAES’ mission.

Our Fox Has Lost His Socks is destined to be the most prized addition to anyone’s library who has a family member with a serious illness, and a brilliant gift for all ages. AE is not mentioned specifically, but you will recognize it by the “Brain on fire” description. 

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse  

From British illustrator, artist, and author Charlie Mackesy comes a journey for all ages that explores life’s universal lessons

A Zebra Tale

Special Thanks to Immune Deficiency Foundation for A Zebra Tale.

You Are Special  

Tells the story of Punchinello, the wooden Wemmick who believes that he isn’t good enough because of what others say about him. When will Punchinello realize how truly special he is?

 

Why does mommy hurt?

A young boy learns to understand his mother’s illness

What A Beautiful Morning

A poignant book that teaches children about dementia

Play Time = Rehabilitation Time

Ensure your child’s cognitive rehabilitation is motivating and fun with these recommended apps. 

(Visit apps and tools for more suggestions)

Storyline Online for ages 4+ SAG-AFTRA Foundation

Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White, and dozens more. Storyline Online receives over 100 million views annually from children worldwide. 

Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing, and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Teachers use Storyline Online in their classrooms, and doctors and nurses play it in children’s hospitals.

Meditation Apps for Kids

Kids of all ages can reap the benefits of meditation and mindfulness using technology. Meditating even only a few minutes a day has proven to reduce stress, boost immunity, aid memory and concentration, decrease depression and anxiety, and even make you more compassionate. Don’t know where to start? Check out some of our favorite meditation apps for kids. These tools will guide kids through the process and help them relax and ground themselves.

Angry Birds Friends

Provides cognitive stimulation for attention and reasoning. 

Go Noodle

Make screen time active with 300+ dance videos, yoga exercises and mindfulness activities for the kids.

Recommended for children aged 4 to 10 years

Monument Valley (iPad)

Challenge yourself and boost your visual processing skills while working on cognitive rehabilitation.  In Monument Valley, you must manipulate confusing architecture to help guide the princess safely. 

 

Thinking Time Pro - Cognitive Skill Training

Cognitive Skill Training presents kids with four games, each of which addresses some combination of “executive function” skills. The main learning themes are memory, reasoning, inhibition control, and flexible thinking, but games also require kids to pay attention and follow rules.

 

Plants vs. Zombies™ (apple)

Rehabilitation is fun with this game. Requires you to strategize and use the best plants to ward off a horde of zombies. A good way to improve fine motor and problem-solving skills. Plus, it’s super addicting!

 

Cartoon Characters Help Your Child Understand Autoimmunity

A Walk Through Autoimmunity

Cartoon Characters aid in adults and children alike in understanding autoimmunity. An IAES favorite. 

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