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is a great tool for self-regulating during times of stress or dysregulation. However, many younger or intellectually disabled students find it difficult to remember all the steps. Others find that some senses (particularly sound) serve as more of a trigger than an aid in calming.
I developed single sensory grounding as an abbreviated version of the skill to use with these populations. I designed the coping strategy to be simple to remember and to engage breathing regulation and muscle stretching, as well as focusing on a single sense. My students found visual grounding and tactile grounding to be the easiest to do and the most regulating, so those are the scripts I created. However, you could easily create scripts for other senses (hearing, smell), as well.
This activity gets students out and about in the school in small groups, practicing an effective grounding strategy in actual locations most likely to trigger anxiety and dysregulation.
Download includes detailed instructions, discussion questions, alternative and extension ideas, scripts for the exercises, and sample BINGO cards.