5 Free Online Resources for Helping Children Learn Self-regulation

Learning to self-regulate emotions is a big step for any child.  Many of the children I work with as a occupational therapist struggle with this skill.  I have been collecting resources for parents to use at home for several years, so here are a few of the best tools for parents to try at home to engage their child in learning this new skill:

  1. child belly breathingElmo Belly Breathing Song from Sesame Street– an adorable video about having an “inner monster” and using belly breathing to calm it down.
  2. Go  Noodle– online database of short videos for teachers to use in classroom settings, but also can be used by parents for free.  Includes a section on calming down with a variety of short videos and activities for different ages.
  3. Cosmic Kids Yoga– yoga with a story telling focus for children, also available on you tube.
  4. Breath, Think, Do app from Sesame Street– cute app that would be great when on the go for helping kids practice self-regulation.
  5. StressFree Kids– check out their YouTube channel for some great short video resources.

One other low cost that is worth mentioning:  Duckie Deck Huff ‘n Puff– app for the iPad that cues children to breathe to make things happen on the screen, great way to encourage and talk about deep breathing.

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Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs. www.paigehays.net