Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Free Printable Visual Calm Down Cards for Kids

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Many children benefit from calm down visuals. These free printable calm down cards are a great way to teach your child coping skills and help an angry child calm down.

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!

Free printable visual calm down strategies for kids with autism or anxiety from And Next Comes L

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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:

Simply print off the cards, cut, laminate, cut again, and hole punch. Slip the cards onto a binder ring. Then kids can flip through the book to find a calm down strategy that they would like to try.

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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. PS: They make a great addition to a DIY calm down kit for kids!

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17 comments:

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    I love the variety of ideas you have to help kids calm down. Meltdowns don't happen every day here, but when they do...they are getting bigger and bigger. I was just saying I need help with ways to help him calm down. This is perfect.

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    1. You're welcome! I'm so glad that these will be helpful for you and your family!

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  2. Thank you. Just thankyou. From a tired mumma bear.

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    1. You're welcome! Sounds like these cards are just what you need.

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  3. Hi there,
    So lovely to read other insights and ideas. Thank you.
    I have been trying to download the calming strategy cards but not having much luck. Are they still available?
    Thank you again!

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    1. Yes, they are free forever. You can download them directly from this link: https://goo.gl/GDV7An

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  4. Thank you for these!! These are going to help our kiddos so much!

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  5. Could you send a link or a download for the visual calm down pictures? I can't get the link to work. Thakns!

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    1. When you click the download button, you should see a popup to type your email address in. Then it will be emailed directly to you. If you are still having troubles, send me an email at dyan@andnextcomesL.com and I will help you out!

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  6. Same as Mrs. Bartlett, I can't sign in to get the calm down visual cards. Such a great resource. Thank you!

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    1. When you click the download button, you should see a popup to type your email address in. Then it will be emailed directly to you. If you are still having troubles, send me an email at dyan@andnextcomesL.com and I will help you out!

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  7. Thanks, I am actually making a calming kit for the library I work at. Patrons will be able to borrow the kit which is special needs and autism inclusive. You rock!

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  8. im trying to print and download the visual calm down strategies cards but it wont let me, it just keeps popping up asking me to sign up?

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    1. You have to enter your email address (whether you are already signed up or not) because then it will be emailed directly to you. If you already entered your email address, but didn't receive the email, then try looking in your junk/spam folder. It may be hiding in there.

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  9. I've gone in circles through the blog trying to get the visual card for the calm down strategies. Is there an easier way to get these? Thank you!

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