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Grounding techniques for kids

These are tools kids can use to reconnect with their bodies when they’re feeling out of touch or out of sorts.

PUSH AGAINST THE WALL OR TOUCH THE FURNITURE.

Simple tactile experiences can help kids be present in their bodies.

GO FOR WALKS TOGETHER.

The rhythm of walking is grounding and calming, and being together helps build your relationship.

HAVE KIDS DO A BODY CHECK.

Ask kids to check into their bodies (listen to their heart, feel their belly, how does their skin feel, etc.)

TEACH SELF-SOOTHING WITH ENERGY.

Have your child rub their hands together, and place their hands where they want healing or positive energy – on their heart, anywhere they feel hurt or injured, give themselves a hug, etc.

PROVIDE COMFORTING TOUCH.

Make sure hugs – and any kind of touch – are welcome to the child.