Calming Strategies Index

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Calmin Strategies Index

Teaching children calming strategies can be highly effective in helping them deal with anxiety, frustration, fear and sadness. The following strategies need to be actively taught and practiced. Older children with more self-awareness of their emotions can use these techniques to support the development of mindfulness.

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Activities to Calm

Advice and strategies for promoting a calm state of emotional arousal.


Counting In Categories

An anxiety avoidance activity to support emotional regulation before negative emotions become overwhelming.


Counting With Senses

A multi-sensory counting activity to support emotional regulation before negative emotions become overwhelming.


De-escalation of meltdowns and aggressive behaviour

Step by step advice on managing 'meltdowns' and aggressive behaviour


Slow Breathing

Information and resources to support the use of slow gentle breathing to reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety, fear and stress.


Visualisations

Information and resources to support the use of happy memories of safe places to remain calm.

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