One area that we are constantly working on with my son with autism is self-regulation. We are trying to help him build up a strong set of self-regulation strategies so that he has the tools to calm himself. These free printable visual calm down strategies cards for kids are one of those tools to help him pick strategies that work.
Much like our free printable daily schedule, these calm down cards are visual. They include a variety of ideas targeting oral motor skills, heavy work activities, vestibular and proprioceptive sensory input, and more. There's over 40 ideas included!
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Free Printable Visual Calm Down Strategies Cards for Kids with Autism or Anxiety
These visual calm down strategies cards are a great thing to include in a calm down kit for kids with autism or anxiety. Or take them on the go with a few fidgets or other supplies to use when your child has a meltdown when out and about. Since my son is a visual learner, I included full color photos on each card, but you can print them in black and white like I did, if you prefer.
Here's what you'll need:
- Free printable visual calm down strategies cards - Link to download is at the bottom of the post.
- Small binder ring
- Scissors or paper cutter/trimmer - I highly recommend going the paper cutter route! Things go much quicker and the cuts stay straight!
- Hole punch
Download the Free Printable Visual Calm Down Strategies Cards
This set of visual calm down strategies cards includes over 40 full color ideas! I just printed in black and white because, shockingly, I don't have a color printer! Gasp, I know. If there's an idea that you would like added to the set, then please leave a comment on this post. I will try my best to add as many other ideas as I can. I want this set of calm down strategies to be as comprehensive and diverse as possible! PS: They make a great addition to a DIY calm down kit for kids!