One of the most common things that friends, family members, and parents in our therapy practice/play groups ask us about is self-regulation strategies. It seems that so many kids struggle with this very complex aspect of child development – for many different reasons.
Parents and caregivers may feel overwhelmed by the constant challenge of meltdowns and tantrums or they express frustration about their children’s loud, rambunctious behavior, saying that they just can’t seem to calm down.
We know that so many parents and professionals struggle with coming up with calming and self-regulation strategies for kids. So today, we wanted to supply you with your own FREE library of tools, resources, and strategies for calming and self-regulation!
And, if you like these resources, be sure to check out our Self-Regulation Handbook! This book is full of all of the information, tips, strategies, and activities you need to address self-regulation with the kids in your classroom, home, or therapy practice!
Since many of the children we see in our practice struggle with maintaining calm behavior in school and at home, you’ll see that most of the resources below are geared toward calming. However, we know that there are also kids who aren’t always able to maintain an appropriate level of alertness. For these kids, you might want to check out our ideas for alerting sensory input.
Calming & Self-Regulation Strategies for Kids
30 Games & Activities for Self-Regulation [FREE printable!]
The Best Toys and Games for Self-Regulation
10 Calming Techniques & Transition Strategies for Kids
How to Create an Interactive Picture Schedule for Kids
Dealing With Tantrums: Reset Activities
How to Create a DIY Calm Down Kit
Calm Kids on the Go: Sensory Ideas for Outings
The Best Calming Movement Ideas
10 Calming Breathing Techniques for Kids [FREE printable!]
The Simplest Calming Sensory Trick
Calming Games & Activities for Outings
10 Calming Sensory Strategies for School
Heavy Work Ideas for School [FREE printable!]
Guided Meditation for Kids: 10 Resources to Get You Started
25 Heavy Work Activities for Small Spaces [FREE printable!]