This tool kit contains physical strategies for calming down, taken from my TPT product Self-Regulation Tool Kit for Physical, Emotional and Cognitive Strategies. I have created a separate product for physical strategies because most children are not ready to learn emotional and cognitive strategies until they have mastered the fine art of calming down. (Please note that these physical strategies are the same strategies from the full tool kit.) See the full kit here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Self-Regulation-Tool-Kit-for-Physical-Emotional-and-Cognitive-Strategies-1046387
Instructions for Use
Teaching children self-regulation strategies is very important for their physical, mental and general well-being. Self-regulation skills are also related to how successful a student is academically and socially. These strategies can be particularly difficult for students with special needs to master. This tool kit is a collection of strategies that have been proven to assist children in calming and regulating physical reactions.
Red tags are strategies for physical self-regulation. Often times, children who do not regulate well will have difficulties with calming down when they have become upset. Children must be calm in order to process information and problem-solve. These strategies are designed to help children calm down when they are upset, or they can be used proactively to promote calmness and prevent escalation.
As with any new skill, work with the child to teach them about the various strategies and practice them together. Model what those strategies look and sound like and go over scenarios in which the strategies could be used. Depending on the individual student or child, they will gravitate towards two or three strategies that work best for them. For students who want to carry the SR tags with them, be sure to include only the strategies that they have mastered or are currently working on using.
These strategies can be cut out and laminated. With holes punched, they can be attached to a lanyard for easy access. Some students may like to have these cards handy at all times and could also be used as a dual purpose fidget toy. Alternatively, they can be used as flash cards for individual behavior coaching or as part of your self-regulation station in the classroom.
For more intensive individual support for students and children who are engaged in Cognitive Behavior Therapy or Emotion Regulation Training, consider using the Behavior Motivator App for iPad in addition to the Self-Regulation cards.
Sources: "Helping Young People Learn Self-Regulation" by Brad Chapin and Matthew Penner.
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