Calm Down Box

Calm Down Box

WHAT IS A CALM DOWN BOX?

We have all been in situations where our kid is having a meltdown. It can be at home, or in the supermarket or really anywhere! That is a moment when you as a parent feel helpless to see your child crying or screaming and that is when you and your kid will find a lot of solace by this Pandora’s box also called as calm down box. A calm down box contains all those tools that can help your child soothe their senses and calms them down. And it works wonders for all kinds of behavioral issues like anger outbursts and anxiety as well.

Instead of punishing children for having a lack of control over their emotions, a Calm Down Box encourages children to learn how to cope and gives them strategies to enable them to be the boss of their own emotions. It doesn’t promote shame over feeling emotions and it doesn’t punish, either.

 The idea of a Calm Down Box is that when a child is feeling intense anger or frustration, they are encouraged to take some time and use the tools within the box to self-regulate and calm down effectively. Calm Down Boxes can be created inexpensively, often with things parents already have at home.

So what exactly to put in a calm down box? Lets find out!

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ITEMS THAT PROVIDE PRORIOCEPTIVE SUPPORT

  • Weighted lap cushion or weighted stuffed animal
  • weighted weight or pressure vest
  • stretchy resistance bands
  • sensory tunnel
  • mini massager
  • body sock
  • body blanket

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ITEMS TO SQUEEZE AND KEEP HANDS BUSY

  • Rubik’s cube
  • Play Dough
  • Stress Balls
  • Bubble Wrap

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ITEMS FOR BREATHING AND RELAXING

  • Bottle of bubbles
  • Pinwheel
  • Straws and Cotton Balls

ITEMS TO GET KIDS MOVING

  • Yoga activity cards
  • Skipping rope

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ITEMS FOR AUDITORY SENSORY SUPPORT

  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • Audio books

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ITEMS FOR OLFACTORY SENSORY SUPPORT

  • Calming essential oils
  • Smelling bottles/ soap
  • Potpourri

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ITEMS FOR ORAL MOTOR SUPPORT

  • Chew toy
  • Chewing gums
  • Lollipops
  • Snacks with different textures
  • Whistle
  • Harmonica
  • Party blower.

 

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Sayee Deshpande
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