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Pediatric Disorders of Regulation in Affect and Behavior, 2nd Edition by Georgia A. DeGangi

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Appendix

All Skill Sets

1

Self-Soothing

Georgia DeGangi, PhD
Anne Kendall, PhD
All children need to calm themselves, and this is particularly true for ones who are intense, irritable, and emotionally reactive. It is especially useful if the child can be taught how to learn to do as many of the activities described in this skill sheet as possible.
Activities that are mentally soothing:
1. Chanting meditation has been used for centuries to calm the nervous system. Have the child sit in a comfortable position on the floor or a seat cushion. Take several deep breathes and then chant a mantra silently or aloud. Many people use a word like “Om” that creates a vibration in the vocal chords and chest. One can also breathe out a relaxing sigh. Do this ...

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