De-escalate difficult situations with a printable grounding exercise.
Calming Strategies for Kids! De-escalation Techniques
A grounding exercise is a strategy to help pull someone away from negative or challenging emotions. They help to distract an individual from the emotions that they are experiencing and refocus on the present moment.
Use this resource with a student suffering from anxiety or social distress. Working backward from 5, the student(s) will use their senses to list things they notice around them at that moment.
This resource will have them listing:
- 5 things they see
- 4 things they feel
- 3 things they hear
- 2 things they smell
- 1 thing they taste
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We have included icons on the worksheet for the younger nonreaders to use. Simply have them draw the items they notice rather than list them.
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