Relaxation- Why do we teach relaxation strategies to children who have been traumatized?



Goals
 To reduce physiological symptoms of stress and trauma

Challenges
Children with developmental disabilities have:
 Sensory sensitivity
 impulsivity
 agitation and more prone to anxiety
 more behavioral issues, may be quick to hit, punch, kick when agitated

Skills
 relaxation
   o bubble breathing
   o Goku Squeeze
 grounding
   o Sensory toolkit
   o Pocket Pal



Grosso, C. (2012) Children with developmental disabilities. In J.A. Cohen, A.P. Mannarino, E. Deblinger (Eds.), Trauma focused cbt for children and adolescents (pp. 149-174). NY: Guildford.

Grosso, C. (2012) Children with developmental disabilities. In J.A. Cohen, A.P. Mannarino, E. Deblinger (Eds.), Trauma focused
cbt for children and adolescents (pp. 149-174). NY: Guildford.
Grosso, C. (2012) Children with developmental disabilities. In J.A. Cohen, A.P. Mannarino, E. Deblinger (Eds.), Trauma focused
cbt for children and adolescents (pp. 149-174). NY: Guildford.
Grosso, C. (2012) Children with developmental disabilities. In J.A. Cohen, A.P. Mannarino, E. Deblinger (Eds.), Trauma focused
cbt for children and adolescents (pp. 149-174). NY: Guildford.