Learning how to self-regulate is an important milestone in child development, especially in the early years of life. A child’s capacity to regulate their emotions can impact on their social and emotional wellbeing, and their ability to thrive in a complex world. When it comes to raising emotionally intelligent children, one of the most important things that adults can do is to help them explore strategies to regulate their emotions when experiencing heightened feelings.
Our Calm Down Cards include 37 research-based strategies to support your child’s brain functions when processing big and intense feelings. The cards provide different calming strategies, including both individual strategies and co-regulation strategies that encourage close connected support from adults. The cards also feature options for physical movement and sensory input to help reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall wellbeing.
Children under the age of 3 years should be supervised when using these cards. Do not allow children to suck or chew on them as it may cause parts to break off, causing a choking hazard.