M.I. Friends

Here to help parents

Welcome to M.I.friends! This program has been designed for you and your family, to start working together to overcome big feelings and build resiliency!

Early intervention is the key

This is a program for you, the parent, designed to support you at home as you navigate challenges around daily activities and general development.

This program does not replace professional support, but will provide you with resources to strengthen any necessary medical or educational relationships you require to support your child.

Let’s start by determining where your child is struggling…

Before you begin, it might be good to take some time to observe or think about your child’s behaviour.

  • When do they struggle?
  • When do the big feelings start to build?

Sometimes kids have a number of different struggles – it’s best to tackle one at a time!

Tracking behaviour is a good way to discover a behaviour pattern. Tracking also helps tell a story of where your child is struggling if you need to seek medical or educational support.

This chart is a tool to communicate with others about the challenges your child is having. Use it in school or medical meetings, or with extended family and caregivers to show them where your child struggles to help them be part of the solution.


Sometimes kids have a number of different struggles, and it’s best to tackle one at a time!

Event What Happened
Going to school Crying
Bedtime Yelling-screaming
Leaving (transition) a situation Refused to leave
New situation Refused to go
Change in routine Kicking/ hitting
Turning off TV/Internet Fear
Loud noises Silly/ disruptive/ concerning behaviour
Weather (storms, rain, wind) Refused to eat/gag
Picky eating Lying
Fear of animals/ people Pleading to change plans
Struggles with behaviour hiding
Negative, puts them selves down Headache/ stomach ache

What are we going to work on today?

☻  Going to school
☻  Bedtime
☻  Leaving (transition) a situation
☻  New situation
☻  Change in routine
☻  Turning off TV/Internet
☻  Loud noises
☻  Weather (storms, rain, wind)
☻  Picky eating
☻  Fear of animals/people
☻  Struggles with behaviour
☻  Negative, put themselves down

Now that we know what triggers big feelings or worries, let’s come up with some strategies and a plan to help your child work through them.

Every child is different. How they react to a situation and how you successfully support them is as unique as they are. The strategy libraries offer information, videos, as well as tips on how to support your child. Start with the Strategy Library that best fits with where your child is dealing with big feelings.

You might want to explore a couple.

Head over to the kids page with your child to meet the M.I.friends and explore some of the activities. The videos and activity pages have been designed to help you and your child start a conversation.

Watch the videos together.

Print off two copies of the activity pages so you and your child can do them together. Use these activities as opportunities to start a conversation: sometimes all you have to do is listen.