A “me” bag or calming kit can help children focus on their 5 senses bringing them into the here and now. This kit could be kept in a cozy space in the home or classroom. The following items are examples of what could be added. A mirror with an erasable marker, textures (i.e. fur, bubble wrap, etc.), feather (for breathing), favourite books, a picture of a loved one, a stuffed animal, a rock, aromatherapy scents, snack.
Deep breathing helps calm the brain and body by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system. Visual learners can benefit from a visual and physical experience like Hoberman Sphere which opens up as the child breathes in and closes while the child breathes out. Watch this link to demonstrate how to use Hoberman Sphere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnNATiWYyx0