Sensory activities and toys to help children focus and calm.
The Autism Helper
Deep breathing can be a hard skill to learn, but can be extremely helpful in different settings. Katie's sharing some of her foundational techniques, like rainbow breath & bear breath, on the blog! What are your favorites??
The Hand Strengthening Exercise Program - Your Therapy Source
The Hand Strengthening Exercise Program, created by Claire Heffron OTR/L and Lauren Drobnjak PT, includes fun and creative hand exercises and activities for kids to help them build strength in the hands and fingers!
Coping Strategies Task Boxes for Hands-On Social Emotional Learning
Coping Strategies activities with task boxes to help kids learn how to manage their emotions and stress. Kids will identify, practice, and discuss coping strategies. Some strategies discussed include deep breathing, coloring, reading, talking to someone, using self-talk, and more. #zen #calmdown #copingskills
Mindfulness Centers: 12 Mindfulness Activities
These mindfulness centers are perfect for a classroom guidance activities! 12 mindfulness activities are included for students to explore over the course of 2-3 classroom guidance lessons or small group counseling meetings. Explore mindful journaling, multiple forms of mindful breathing, progressive muscle relaxation a
Calm Down Kits in the Classroom » Autism Adventures
Calm Down Kit on the go is a full binder full of behavior visuals and tools that can be used with students with autism and special needs. Teach students to identify the emotion, de-escalate, reflect on their behavior and transition back to class. Utilize the whole calm down kit to help students de-escalate in the classroom, regulate emotions and calm down.
Teacher Tip: The Dos and Don’ts of Fidgets for Kids
"Fidgets, like squeeze balls and key chains, are self-regulation tools that promote movement and tactile input. They can be great for kids who struggle with attention, focus and sensory processing. But in my many years as a teacher and parent, I've often seen them misused."