Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Free Printable Calm Down Strategies Story for Kids

If there is one thing I learned from this past school year, it's that we still really need to work on self-regulation skills with J.

We are constantly trying to add new calm down strategies to his coping skills toolbox and have known for years that math and numbers are comforting and calming to him. So I have combined the two into a simple story for him to read.

This free printable calm down strategies story for kids focuses on teaching calm down strategies, such as counting backwards, deep pressure, and deep breathing, for instance. It gives my son a structured calm down routine that he can read and implement as a way to self-regulate.

And turns out, my youngest, K, really loves the story too! Good thing because a little extra practice for him wouldn't hurt either.

Free printable number themed calm down strategies story for kids from And Next Comes L

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Free Printable Calm Down Strategies Story for Kids

The story is short and sweet, working backwards from ten to zero, in short rhymes, teaching different calm down strategies along the way. From roaring out big feelings to blocking out visual and auditory input in easy ways, this story is a perfect read for young kids. Especially for hyperlexic kids who are fascinated with numbers.

Free printable story for kids to learn calm down strategies from And Next Comes L

Each page features a picture of a child climbing on the number and two lines of rhyming text that encourage kids to stretch and wiggle and move their way to a calm body. You can see some of the pages below. The printable is available in color, but works just as well in black and white.

Number themed story for kids to work on calm down strategies and self-regulation from And Next Comes L

Number themed story for kids to work on calm down strategies and self-regulation from And Next Comes L

See the Whole Calm Down Story

To give you an idea of what the story says and what strategies it uses, my son K takes you through a reading, complete with actions, dimples, and a tongue sticking out.


Download the Free Printable Calm Down Strategies Story for Kids

This printable includes 6 pages. Simply print, cut along the dotted lines, and staple it into a book. Read through the story with your child a few times and perform the actions on each page so that they can learn a variety of calm down strategies. Hopefully, with practice, they'll learn to do the actions independently when they need help regulating themselves.


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Free printable number themed calm down strategies story for kids from And Next Comes L
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