Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Self-Calming Cards

We have found these Self-Calming Cards to be useful in coaching Cal and Abbott, and ourselves, how to recover from emotional upset more quickly.

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The back side of the above cards. These describe ways to teach the strategies (click to enlarge)


These are just a few of the dozens of self-calming techniques explained in this card deck. Each of the cards describes how one can self soothe with a different method—physical, auditory/verbal, visual, creative, self-nurturing and humor. The materials also discuss how adults can model the use of such self-soothing techniques as taking a warm bath, making a joke to defuse a situation or singing a silly song. Each method includes suggested activities for a range of ages, from toddler to adult.

These helpful cards are available for purchase here. The author, Elizabeth Crary, is a parent educator and author based in Seattle. We loved her talk at our local cooperative preschool, and highly recommend her as a speaker.

12 comments:

Karoline said...

Wow, thank you very much!:)

Those self-calming cards is a great idea! They look cute too;)

Claire Wain said...

Oh, those cards are great!
I don't have kids, but I could do with a pack to teach myself a few things. ;)

Joyce said...

Do you think they ship over night?! What a perfect idea during the busy seasosn. I'm off to check out the cards.
Thanks my friend!!

KPiep said...

We definitly need those cards...and I think I'm going to order a set after our Thanksgiving trip. A friend mentioned something similar recently, but this is the first time I've actually seen them.

heidi said...

MUST get those cards! Thanks for posting!

Ina J Offret said...

Great cards and activities. I like the hug activity. That works well for all ages. Singing too. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

amy said...

wow, so interesting!

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Joyce: I gave a link to a local independent seller of the cards, but Amazon sells them too and does offer express shipping.

Thimbleina said...

These are great just what I need I think I may have to order some of these - Thanks

citysage said...

These look awesome---I've spent years in therapy learning how to identify emotions and self-nurture, skills that my parents just didn't know how to teach me when I was a kid---And I think a lot of parents would (kids too!) would find this so helpful for their little ones and for themselves. People don't realize that emotional skills need to be taught just like anything else...

Have a happy and beautiful thanksgiving Lecia! Thank you for your gorgeous blog and for your generous spirit :)

Linda Carlson said...

Thanks so much for mentioning the Self-Calming Cards! Yes, I personally think they are even better for adults! They remind us to take care of ourselves and identify OUR emotions so that we can help kids cope and calm down. (Not to mention helping adults who are acting like children, which sometimes occurs even to the most mature of us when under dreadful stress.) BTW, if you order these cards from Parenting Press in December using the special offer on our "News for Parents" newsletter (www.ParentingPress.com/ezine.html) the shipping is free.

Maddy said...

Wouldn't it be great if all children learned this strategies earlier in life - would certainly make for a much happier overall outcome.