Author:
Fareeda Taha
Subject:
Early Childhood Development, Special Education, Psychology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Preschool, Lower Primary
Tags:
  • AEM
  • Accessibility
  • Accessible Educational Materials
  • Anxiety
  • Attention
  • Attentional Deficits
  • Calming Techniques
  • Grounding
  • accessibility
  • accessible-educational-materials
  • aem
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Anxiety Countdown

    Anxiety Countdown

    Overview

    Strategy for reducing anxiety that may cause inattention and zoning out in triggering situations.

     

    Anxiety/Sustaining Attention

    Introduce the activity when he’s not zoning out, in a neutral environment in order for him to get a grasp of it before using it as a strategy. When using it as a strategy, use it in a playful manner in order to make a fun activity instead.

    This is a calming and grounding technique when in triggering situations. Ask the child to notice 5 things they can see, 4 things they can feel or touch, 3 things they can hear, 2 things they can smell, and 1 thing they can taste. Queue them for him and ask him about each one to grab his attention back to the present moment and stop him from zoning out.