This week we are talking about staying calm (i.e. self-regulation).
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I have been in several IEP meetings where parents say something along the lines of, "They can't express themselves when they're angry because of their speech issues." While it's true expressive language impairments impact a child's ability to express their needs and wants, we also need to examine the child's ability to self-regulate in emotionally charged situations. If a child is having difficulty regulating their emotions, it can be very difficult for them (and even adults if we're being honest!) to express themselves in a safe manner when they are angry/frustrated/sad.
As a speech-language pathologist (SLP), you can weave self-regulation activities into your everyday therapy, as well as share valuable resources with parents/teachers. Check out some of the free resources below all about staying calm!
VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE
Managing Anger - Story about Jimmy and how to cope with his anger
Anger Rhyme - song about using strategies when you feel angry
Sticks learns how to deal with his anger
Taking a break to calm down - by Everyday Speech
When I am Feeling Angry - social story video
Being Angry and Safe - social story video
Self-Regulation with Cookie Monster
BOOKS READ ALOUD ON YOUTUBE
Game Ideas to teach self-regulation - starts at 2:30 seconds
Sort and Match Emotions and Self Regulation Strategies - by Creative COTA LLC
Self-Regulation for Little Learners - by Autism Little Learners
Ballon Breathing Poster- by Proud to Be Primary
Animal Themed Yoga Cards - by Print Path OT
Zones of Regulation Visual - by Creatively Learning Christine
Calming Corner Choice Wheel - by It's Elementary by Dear with Michele
Calm Down Strategies - by Adventure Awaits in K-1
Need some ideas for using these resources?
Read some of the books mentioned below as a part of your literacy based thearpy
Use the videos as conversation starters for your lunch bunches
Share some of the videos/resources with the families you work with
Create a calm down space in your therapy room
Help a parent create a calm down space in their home
Share some of the videos/books/resources with your general education teachers who are looking for ideas for their social-emotional learning curriculum
I hope you find some of these resources helpful! Stay safe and healthy!
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