TAES LEAVITT FROM SPLASH'N BOOTS LAUNCHES THE BIG HEART JOURNEY'S CORONAVIRUS TOOLKIT
AN EMPOWERING MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION TOOLKIT FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES – INCLUDING A SPECIAL MEDITATION FOR MOMS JUST IN TIME FOR MOTHER’S DAY!
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BIG HEART JOURNEY LIVESTREAM SHOW
Toronto, ON – May 7, 2020 – JUNO Award-winning children’s music super-duo, Splash’N Boots, continue to make a BIG splash for families during these unprecedented times. The duo created The Big Heart Morning Show – a live, interactive show, featuring dress-up, singing, dancing, ‘big heart’ awards for children doing amazing things during this time, and more. Now, Splash’N Boots are thrilled to announce the launch of The Big Heart Journey’s Coronavirus Toolkit, which includes a collection of dynamic meditations and ‘Heart Hugs’ designed to help children and their families navigate this incredibly uncertain (and sometimes scary) time of life. The Big Heart Journey’s Coronavirus Toolkit is available now on the official Big Heart Journey website, Instagram @bigheartjourney, and YouTube.
“Our world has been turned upside down. Children have been forced to adapt to an unprecedented new space, where outside support from school, friends and extended family is no longer available,” says Taes Leavitt (Boots). “This is the most important time for us, as artists and performers, to unite and provide emotional support that every child and family so desperately needs. This is a time, when every child needs somewhere to go to feel safe, to feel loved and to just know that they are going to be ok. We want to provide that place.”
To minimize the effect of the pandemic on the mental health of children, it is crucial they learn tools and strategies to help them cope. The Big Heart Journey’s Coronavirus Toolkit gives children and families access to ‘Heart Hugs’, which are not your typical lie-on-the-floor meditations; they are mindfulness moments for children that are dynamic, fun and empowering. Showing children that they have everything they will ever need inside of them, the ‘Heart Hugs’ in this toolkit will leave kids feeling stronger and prepared to take on anything, while helping them feel safe and loved no matter what. Since parents have been working double-time these days, and with Mother’s Day right around the corner, there will also be a special meditation just for moms, to help provide a moment of calm in their days.
The Coronavirus Toolkit will help children and their caregivers deal with topics such as: missing the people you love, connecting when you are physically apart, managing uncertainty and anxiety, and much more.
In addition to The Big Heart Morning Show, and The Big Heart Journey’s Coronavirus Toolkit, Leavitt will also bring the toolkit and ‘Heart Hugs’ to life with a weekly intimate live-stream show, called The Big Heart Journey, which aims to engage and empower children by helping them navigate all of their feelings, big and small. Every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. ET, the show will teach mindfulness and working through emotions using dance, music and art. Leavitt has joined forces with Autism Canada to incorporate ‘Heart Hugs’ as part of a healthy bedtime routine in a time of great uncertainty for children. The weekly program can be livestreamed at Splash’N Boots’ Facebook, and on the Big Heart Journey YouTube Channel.
About Autism Canada
The only Canadian organization with a national perspective on the issues currently facing those with ASD, their families and other stakeholders, Autism Canada has been the hub of knowledge and understanding about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Canada since 1976. Autism Canada is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and affiliated with a Professional Advisors Committee, an ASD Advisors Committee and a Provincial and Territorial network that span the entire country and work collaboratively to share best practices, build consensus and help inform public health policy.
About Splash’N Boots
Splash’N Boots rose to prominence in the hearts and minds of families through music, live shows and television. Their music creates family dance parties; it is a soundtrack to bedtimes, mealtime and all moments in between. Since their inception, Splash’N Boots have released twelve original music albums, resulting in five consecutive JUNO Award nominations for Children’s Album of the Year between 2014 and 2018. Their album, You, Me and the Sea, co-written and produced by Alan Doyle, won the 2019 JUNO Award for Children’s Album of the Year.
On television, they appear daily in over 8.5 million homes across Canada with their number one TV show, which is broadcast daily on Canada’s top children’s television networks, Treehouse TV and Disney Jr. Canada, as well as the worldwide streaming platform Kidoodle, garnering over 1 million views in the first 6 months on the platform. Splash’N Boots are committed to using their voice to raise awareness for important causes. They are the first children's act to partner with PLUS1 - $1 from every ticket sold in their cross-Canada 2018 tour went to support access to music education and adaptive instruments for young children via MusiCounts.
About Taes Leavitt, Writer & Performer
Known as the Boots half of Splash’N Boots, Taes has created a career she loves based on her love for children and desire to foster connection through music. What started as a class project at Queens University has developed into a platform where Taes is now committed to raising awareness for important causes and giving a voice to vulnerable children. Most recently she has released a dynamic meditation album for families called The Big Heart Journey, designed to connect children to their feelings and help them feel safe, heard and loved.
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