Every child has moments with large bursts of energy or frustration. However, some children may find it difficult to calm down on their own. Helping your child calm down well will create positive development opportunities that will prepare them for future activities at school, the park, or other social opportunities. At Speech Source Therapy, Inc., our occupational therapist can help your child learn numerous ways to calm down easily.
Common Techniques to Help Calm Down
Sing as Loud as Possible
Though it may seem completely opposite of calming down, singing loudly to their favorite song can help change your child’s mood by releasing endorphins.
Take a Hot Bath
Often when your child is restless a nice warm bath will allow them to unwind especially if you include their favorite bath toys.
Push a Wall
Sometimes children just need to release built-up energy in order to relax. Pushing against a wall will allow them to exert a large amount of energy and eventually tire their body physically. The physical motions release mood-altering endorphins to allow them to become relaxed.
Pop Bubble Wrap
Most people get a sense of enjoyment from popping the little bubbles in bubble wrapt. The sensory-stimulating activity is a simple way to encourage calmness and concentration when your child needs a few moments to wind down.
Take a Walk
Getting out in the fresh air and taking a leisurely walk often creates a sense of calm for children. By focusing on their steps, listening for outdoor creatures, or watching the wind blow the treetops allows your child to focus and release any pent up energy.
How Can an Occupational Therapist Help?
If you are finding it challenging to help your child find the best technique to calm down, we would love the opportunity to help your child. Our skilled occupational therapist in Los Angeles understands the difficulty many children face when learning to regulate their bodies. By working individually with your child, we can help find the best practices to relax in various situations. To schedule your appointment, contact our offices at SFV: (818) 788-4121 or LA: (213) 493-6698.