Research has shown that grounding techniques are effective in assisting children in developing self-regulation in times of emotional crises.
The attached article clarifies the benefits and outlines the various approaches to grounding.
Included here are twenty-five strategies that are suitable for children to implement independently. The majority of them require no resources and a few require resources that are readily available in any classroom or home.
It is important to note that this strategies are best implemented in a state of calm and negotiated or co-planned with the child.
They are at their most effective when they have been practised multiple times, outside of a crisis moment. When a crisis moment arrives, the child or adult can use the ‘prompt’ or word cue to remind the child of the strategy.