Autism and breathing, the best tools are simple
We know that all young students have big emotions, both those who are neurotypical and those who are neurodiverse.
It can be hard to help our children regulate their emotions in a way that is healthy for them. That’s why we believe it’s so important to create a safe space for your child to learn how to manage their feelings and build the self-regulation skills they need as they grow up.
A calm corner in the classroom is especially beneficial for neurodiverse preschoolers because it gives them an area where they can go when feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated by their environment.
This helps promote emotional regulation techniques that will stay with them as adults and throughout life's different challenges! Not only does this provide safety but also encourages independence within our children while teaching them valuable lessons about managing stressors.
Here’s a few insights from Gretchen Bayer, a preschool teacher working with neurodiverse students and using the Calm Caterpillar methods:
"I would say 100%, I think any parent of any preschool age student, regardless of autistic or not, is looking for tools in their home to help a child handle big emotions. Everybody has big emotions, especially three, four, and five years olds."
"So we were so excited to be able to send home The Calm Caterpillar kit to the families…[Families will need] time to try to figure it out on their own. [Then they will start to receive] all the information on how we use it in the classroom and how they can use it at home."
It’s not just a tool for children, but also for the parents.
This teacher even uses the Calm Caterpillar techniques to calm herself down in the classroom.
We hope you find this information helpful when considering ways of helping your child develop emotionally!
If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding creating a safe space at home or school please don't hesitate to reach out - we're here every step of the way!