Having a small space set up for your child to self-regulate in can take some of the guesswork out of self-regulation at home. Whether its called a “calm down corner” or a “quiet corner” – the goal is all the same. We want your child to feel comfortable and safe when they feel escalated or dysregulated. Having this designated space with pre-determined activities and equipment can make everyone more comfortable at home!
Here are my top three favorite items to include in a calm down corner:
- Pillows/blankets (weighted)/bean bags/cushions: Making the area small and cozy will increase proprioceptive input and provide a natural boundary for the space.
- Pinwheel/bubbles: These items force deep respirations, or deep breathing. Deep breathing will stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, and in turn will work against the fight or flight response.
- Scented markers: Repetitive fine motor tasks can work wonders for calming. Adding an olfactory (scent) piece will increase sensory input. Certain scents are more calming than others, so work with your child to determine what scents work best to calm.