Help Your Child Learn to Self-Soothe With This Elmo-Approved Technique! by Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP

7 years ago

Help Your Child Learn to Self-Soothe With This Elmo-Approved Technique!

Sometimes children feel mad or angry and their “monster” comes out – and it can cause havoc at school and home. Belly breathing is a calming strategy that helps children self-soothe. Here are some tips to help!

  • Watch Elmo, Common and Colbie Caillat teach belly breathing with your child here.
  • Practice doing belly breathing when your child is happy. This will help teach this tool so that when your child is mad or angry, it will be easier for him to use it on his own. 
  • Take five minutes a day to practice for best results. Compliment your child for a great job practicing.
  • If your child becomes mad or angry, gently remind her to use belly breathing. Model breathing with your child. 

Remember, practice, models, time and patience will help your child use belly breathing independently.

Elisa Schmitz
I love this, Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP! Kids need to learn this, and Elmo puts a friendly face to the concept!
Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
Don't be surprised if you start singing the "Belly Breathing" song. It is fun and helpful!
Dr. Shayna Mancuso
Excellent tip! Love the video too. Ok, let's face it... we can ALL benefit from a little belly breathing ! ;)

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