A calming sequence is a great tool to support students who experience anxiety:
This picture is an example of a calming sequence.
How does a calming sequence help students in school?
All people live with some level of stress and anxiety but when anxiety gets in the way of daily functioning in school, then it becomes a problem.
“More than any other issue for children with anxiety, loss of emotional control can lead to removal from the general education classroom to a more restrictive educational environment equipped to deal with behavior challenges.”-When My Worries Get Too Big- Carrie Dunn Buron
Tips about calming sequences for teachers
- Students with autism and other exceptionalities may experience stress during the school day
- The stress may manifest in different ways but could get in the way of their learning
- Teach the calming sequence when the student is calm and organized
- Ask the student what things make them feel calm and happy
- Follow their lead on choosing a calming sequence that makes them feel the most relaxed
- Use a combination of words and pictures to represent the sequence
- Keep the calming sequence somewhere the student can access it during times of stress
- Model the calming sequence and support the student through the sequence as they experience stress and anxiety
Here is a link to Carrie Dunn Buron’s book that I reference in the YouTube video: