With end of the school year quickly advancing schedules will be changing for many of our students. For some testing schedules interrupt the daily norm and summer vacation leads to a change in routines. For some a conversation to prime them of the changes or a change schedule card can help alleviate the stress and anxiety related to these changes while others may need something more. Virtual Hope Box, by National Center for Telehealth & Technology, is a smartphone App that contains simple tools that can be individualized to promote coping, relaxation, distraction and positive thinking. Virtual Hope Box stores a variety of multimedia content specific to meeting the supportive needs of an individual. Some examples of things that might be added are family photos, videos and recorded messages from loved ones, music they find especially soothing, reminders of
previous successes, positive life experiences or other special interest materials. Virtual Hope Box provides options for positive activity planning, distraction tools, and interactive relaxation exercises, controlled breathing and muscle relaxation to help promote self-regulation. The App is free and can be used on an iPhone, iPad or Android device.