Summer Series- Calm Down Kit

The Autism Adventures of Room 83 has been through quite a journey these last few years.  I am getting SO many valuable emails, messages, comments and likes.  The feedback I have received has been so constructive and has allowed me to create better products, develop better blog posts and facilitate great follower conversations.   With that being said, I am getting so many questions about topics on which I have already blogged about.  Over these next few weeks, I am re-posting some old blog posts and editing them to answer any/all questions that I have received about these topics! Be sure to email me any questions and I'll try to answer in the form of a blog post!  With that being said, I decided to start with a post about my Calm Down Kit.  The most common question I get is asking how I manage those challenging behaviors!

I am SO excited to share with you my full CALM DOWN KIT bundle! 

Included in this full set is:
  1. Calm Down Kit Label
  2. When I'm Angry/Frustrated Visual Calming Card
  3. How Do You Feel Today? Choice Board (2 color options)
  4. How Do you Feel Today? Conversation Card
  5. How Do you Feel Today? Conversation Card PECS
  6. 30 Emotion Flash Cards
  7. Behavioral Necklace Visual lanyard
  8. I will take 5 deep breaths visual cue card
  9. What Would Help You Feel Better choice board
  10. How I Can Calm Down Social Story

1.  Calm Down Kit Labels- I made it in two color options for you!

2.  When I'm Angry/Frustrated Visual Calming Card- These are great visual cue cards to use with a student while having a tantrum.  I have two students who I currently use this with.  These are simple steps to help student's cope through overwhelming emotions.  The visual pictures next to each step allow my students to be able to do it independently. 

3.  How Do You Feel Today? Choice Board (2 color options)- This is a great visual to use with students.  There are 12 common emotions displayed on this choice board.  This can also be used during direct instruction when trying to teach different emotions.  I also like to use this during role play, we have lots of fun making faces and reenacting different emotions in my class!

4.  How Do you Feel Today? Conversation Card- These cards can be used to communicate with a student.  I like using conversation cards and sentence frames to help build communication skills.  These cards are double sided, "How do you feel today?" on one side, and "I feel __" on the other!

5.  How Do you Feel Today? Conversation Card PECS- This choice board is great! The PECS are attached to the board with velcro so that students can manipulate the PECS to fill in their sentence frame "How Do You Feel Today?" conversation cards!

6.  30 Emotion Flash Cards- These cards can be used many different ways.  30 common emotions are displayed on these printable flashcards.  These can be used during direct instruction, role play, matching/memory games, conversation pieces, emotional association and bulletin board sets!

7.  Behavioral Necklace Visual lanyard- These six simple visuals are essential in my classroom.  All staff members have these necklaces in my classroom.  These are the most essential PECS needed in my classroom to manage behaviors and to create smooth transitions.  These can be used for students when they need a break or when they need to make a choice. (These are not attached to a lanyard in the picture below... I wanted you to be able to see all six PECS that come with the bundle!)

8.  I will take 5 deep breaths visual cue card-  This visual cue card can be used during a tantrum.  I have a few students that become so overwhelmed they struggle with the basics of breathing.  I created this to help students see their progress with breathing.  I help students to take 5 large deep breaths.  I do this one on one when needed with a child, and hand over a PEC with each breath.  I will sometimes do this 2-3 times if needed until the child has felt better.  My students love this PEC.  I am thinking about creating this for a few other coping strategies I have in my classroom.

9.  What Would Help You Feel Better choice board- This is a different set up I have for students to make choices when having a difficult time regulating emotions.  I have found that by presenting choices to students when emotions are running high, they can better calm down on their own.  I created this choice board in two colors (boys and girls) and provided the most common PECS my student's choose. When a student has gone through the required coping strategies and has proved they are ready to do an activitiy on their own, I will present this card to them.  The choices are soothing activities that will strengthen their confidence before returning back to the class.

10.  How I Can Calm Down Social Story







Included in my Calm Down kit are a few essential items I need in an easy to grab place in case of an emergency.  I always keep play-doh or gak, bubbles, water, a snack, a stress ball, sensory objects and class pictures.  These items are great calming and coping strategies.  

These behavioral visual supports are great for students with autism and special needs

1 comment

  1. Oh I love this so much! My special needs son is in kindergarten and I came here to browse and learn about things to recommend to our teacher related to my son's iep goals....there are so many things about this kit that will be useful to us just at home! Thank you for taking the time to blog and pin etc and share on tpt, above and beyond teaching!! I'm going to purchase the kit now!