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Helping a child feel calmer

When the young person is over-stimulated and feeling anxious these activities/strategies may help them feel calmer.

Quick fix

• Sitting under a big, heavy blanket.

• Hands on head and pressing down.

• Tucking legs up and squeezing.

• Deep pressure massage.

• Slow rocking e.g. rocking chair.

• Giving themselves a hug.

• Lavender scents.

• Squeezing and relaxing a small fidget toy.

• Squeezing and relaxing face and/or hands.

• Snuggling into a small space.

• Sucking a “sweet” sweet.

• Sucking yoghurt/thick milkshake through straw.

• Bear hug.