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Paying attention and calming strategies

Staying calm, even when anxious or stressed enables children to engage with others, participate in meaningful activities and enjoy life. Many children and young people respond inappropriately to events and situations and find it difficult to function and carry out every day activities. This may be influenced by fear of a particular sensation or activity, or due to becoming stuck in a pattern of behaviour. This can get in the way of communication with others and impact on everyday activities at home or at school.

Activities to try at home and school

Please remember that the activities need to be appropriate to your child. You will probably
need to experiment with these ideas to see what suits your child best and record what
activities work.

Heavy work activities that may help

Activities to suggest to school

In addition