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Sensory and self regulation

Kids’ level of alertness and their ability to control emotions and behaviors, changes throughout the day and exposure to different stimuli. Self-regulation is the ability to adjust (regulate) alertness, emotions, and behaviors depending on the time of the day or exposure to external stimuli. When kids struggle with self-regulation, they exhibit maladaptive behaviors like difficulties controlling impulses, difficulties focusing, or having a tantrum. The following are some at home strategies that you can do with your children that will help increase focus and reduce behavioral difficulties.

  • Carrying shopping bags
  • Pushing the laundry basket to the machine on the floor
  • Pushing clothes into the washing machine
  • Changing clothes from washing machines to dryer and out of the dryer 
  • Barrel walking
  • Animal walking, hop like a Kangaroo, hop like a rabbit
  • Obstacle course using chair (going under and/or on top),crawl under table,  jump over a pillow
  • Use cans or drinking bottles as weights or to roll feet on them 
  • Roll a ball on the back, arms, legs. 
  • Roll on the floor/ mattress
  • Pigs in a blanket, wrap in a blanket
  • Tug of war
  • Bear hug for few minutes 
  • Hold hands and turn
  • Balance books or a heavy pillow on the head (carrying weight on the head helps with self regulation)
  • Knead dough (make cookies, bread, etc.)
  • Wring fabric in water
  • Sweep the floor 
  • Play with foam like shaving cream 
  • Take a bath
  • Play with bubbles in the bath
  • Use bath cloth to wash the body
  • Finger painting 

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Sara Cohen & Shlomit Levy, our Directors of Student Support, are available for you and your children. Students can schedule a time to meet with Sara or Shlomit on ZOOM to talk about anything or just because you miss them. Grownups can reach out for advice or to ask them to help their children learn more effectively at Beit Rabban b’Anan. Sara is at scohn@beitrabban.org and Shlomit is at slevy@beitrabban.org.