One of the most stressful things autism parents encounter are tantrums. However, by practicing belly breathing exercises, you can help your child calm down when you see a tantrum starting to form.
Developmental therapist Rebecca O’Neill teaches us about belly breathing, a breathing technique for calming your child.
What We Learned from this Video:
- Sudden changes in routine or circumstances can be overwhelming for autistic children.
- While you cannot always stop tantrums, you can help your child develop skills for calming themselves when they begin throwing a tantrum.
- The key to teaching your child calming techniques is to practice when both of you are calm.
- Belly breathing involves taking deep breaths in through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. These help calm the body down.
Belly breathing can help children stay calm when they are feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated. For tips on staying calm through stressful situations, check out our blog!