“My Calm Tools Keychain: A Teaching Tool and Visual Prompt” can be used to teach, practice and eventually prompt the younger, more behaviorally challenged student to use positive replacement behaviors as an alternative to acting out. It presents visual and written examples of strategies the student can implement to become more able to self- regulate his or her behavior. It breaks down and describes a specific instructional strategy to implement when teaching each skill. This resource is ideal for social skills groups or to include in a plan for implementing behavioral IEP goals or behavior support plans which target stress management and frustration tolerance skills. It is also a useful approach for general education teachers to take with students with special needs who might be included in the mainstream or any others that require targeted behavior intervention.
Instructions are given for assembling this tool into a keychain format. This can serve as a visual prompt to encourage the child, once taught these skills, to choose and implement a particular stress management strategy in the heat of the moment. To utilize this instructional tool it is not necessary to assemble the keychain; however, younger children seem to find this format more motivating. The strategy cards can be cut out and presented individually, or the charts can be presented to the student as is. “My Calm Tools” offers teachers a flexible tool which can be easily adapted to meet individual student needs.