How to create a Kid-Friendly Calm-Down Area in your home
By Kate Kwijas for Oskar's Wooden Ark
October 06, 2021
Self regulation (being able to calm down) is a learned skill. When your child’s brain is developmentally ready to acquire this skill, you can help them to explore various strategies to find what works best for them, as individuals. A great way to support your child when emotions are heighten is to have a “calm down space” within your home. This is a purposefully designed space where your child can retreat to in order to feel safe and regain both their physical and emotional control.
"A calm-down corner is an area where a child who is experiencing heightened emotions may go to engage their minds, calm their bodies and release strong emotions in a safe and controlled manner," says Donna Housman, Ed.D, clinical child psychologist and founder of the Boston-based Housman Institute.
Your space should provide materials that promote mindfulness, reflection and breathing. It doesn’t have to be costly or difficult to source and setup. You most likely have everything you need at home already.
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