Create An Anti-Anxiety (Calm Down) Kit
The kit below will help to reduce anxiety levels in children. It helps kids who have difficulty with self-regulation and would be a great compliment to pediatric occupational therapy services.
The most important factor in creating a kit for your child is customizing it to what works for your child. If you have seen that there are certain activities or toys that seem to soothe your child, those may be great additions to their kit.
What you want to do in essence is create a toolbox of tools that they can pull out when they need them. You want to give them the strategies and confidence to be able to manage their stress and anxiety on their own.
The following suggested materials would be helpful in an anti-anxiety kit:
- two stress balls (tutorial on how to make them yourself easily and inexpensively here)
- a kaleidoscope
- Wondertube (I-spy tube)
- piece of fabric
- lavender scented play dough in purple (soothing colour)
- small mirror (for checking herself to see if her face is relaxed)
- Rescue Remedy (natural stress relief drops that seem to really helps if given at the beginning of anxiety)
- Rescue Gum
- the book The Way I Feel
- sound therapy (a favourite is the tropical rainforest sound or the heartbeat)
- mini massager (you/your child can massage his/her scalp, back, or neck with this)
Other suggestions of items that could be included in an anti-anxiety kit…
- an iPod with headphones
- noise blocking headphones
- an iPad with games that are repetitive and calming
- books on expressing feelings (a great list of books for that is here)
- small photo album of loved ones
- something with vanilla or lavender scent
- warm, fuzzy socks
- a favourite book
- a soothing sounds CD
- a special blanket
- stuffed animal
- weighted vest or neck roll
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Here's the first of a series of eBooks that we've created that focuses on turning popular board games into therapy games. The series will include board games that are common, affordable, easy to use, and easy to find. In this eBook, we feature the JENGA game! You will learn to use this game in a variety of practical and therapeutic ways for:
- Improved social skills,
- Better communication skills,
- Enhanced anger control, and
- Increase self-esteem and confidence.
The following eBook is particularly helpful for children who benefit from pediatric occupational therapy and pediatric speech therapy services:
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