10 Tips to Calm A Special Needs Child

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  1. Give your child a warm bath
  2. Rocking or swaying back and forth
  3. Popicle, ice or ice ring or pack or wet rag
  4. Weighted blanket
  5. Medication
  6. Soothing music or white noise
  7. Placing him or her on their tummy
  8. Hold them
  9. Massage
  10. Lavender Oil

When your special needs child is overtired or upset, he or she may have difficulty calming and self soothing themselves. As a parent, hearing your child cry excessively is heartbreaking. All you want to do is help your child and take away their frustrations and tears. But how? Here are some suggestions to assist your child to manage their emotions:

1. Give your child a warm bath

Bath time is often an enjoyable experience for most individuals especially children with or without a disability. The warm sensation of the water should help relax your special one. If you put bubbles and toys in the tub water, your child can have some fun too.

2. Rocking or swaying your child back & forth

If your child likes motion, rocking your child in a rocking chair or swaying them while holding them may do the trick. While rocking or swaying him or her, you can play music, read a book or talk with your special one. This type of movement can assist your special one to settle down.

3. Giving your child a popsicle, ice ring or pack or wet washcloth

Offering some type of cooling sensation such as a popsicle, ice ring or ice pack or a wet wash cloth can help calm down your special one. If they are hurting in someway such as having a sore in their mouth or their limbs are tight, giving them something cold or warm can relax them.

4. Weighted blanket

Another suggestion is putting a weighted blanket on your child’s body. While child is laying down or in a sitting position, a weighted blanket can help calm their body when upset. At times he or she is working on developmental skills such as sitting or scooting on a scooter, placing a weighted blanket on their lap can assist in quieting their body.

5. Give a prescribed medication to decrease tone

Many kids with Cerebral Palsy or other disabilities have difficulty managing their muscle tone. Additionally, they have a tendency to put a limb backwards, a leg out, scissor the legs or look to one side. Medication may be necessary to control their muscle tone. Some medications that maybe recommended to decrease muscle tone are Valium, Baclofen, Klonopin, and Neuronti.

6. Put on soothing music or white noise

Soothing music of your child’s liking can relax him or her at different times of the day or at night. Parents can also try a variety of white noise including birds chirping, rain or a fan.

7. Put your child on his or her tummy

Placing your child on his or her stomach can be calming and prepare your child for rest. If your child doesn’t feel good or they are just overtired, some tummy time can be beneficial. However, you must make sure their head is not facing downward. And your special one is able to breath.

8 Hold your child

Every child loves to be held and feel loved by their parents and/ or family. When they are feeling distressed, a hug and kisses from the people they are closest to helps them tremendously.

9. Massage your child

Put some oil or lotion on your child and use different massaging techniques to calm your child. Their feet, legs, hands arms and back can be massaged. If your child is constipated, their stomachs can be massaged to move the bowels down.

10. Put some lavender oil

The last suggestion to calm your child during a time of agitation is to use lavender oil on his or her body before bed or during a moment of agitation. The smell of lavender oil can relax your special one.


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