Take a Big Breath
What to Do
The more strategies a child has for calming the amygdala, the better. Deep breathing will teach children to focus their attention and relax. Have them stand more than one arm's length apart, with feet at hip-width. Model the activity first. Repeat at least ten times.
What to Say
Taking big breaths can calm us down and focus.
-Stand with your feet apart. Cross one wrist over the other.
-Slowly breathe in through your nose. Lift your arms so they meet over your head.
-Let out your breath slowly. Bring your arms down and cross your wrists again.
Why It's Important
Children need to know that they can control their responses with simple techniques, such as deep breathing. Focusing their breathing helps children become calmer.
Compliments of Mrs. Sweeter