Creating a calm corner at home

by Nicole Soames                           

Is your child feeling frustrated, or perhaps feeling anxious now with possibly returning to school? A ‘calm corner’ may help your child with these big feelings.

What is a calm corner?

A calm corner is a specific agreed upon space where your child can go to regulate their emotions, such as in their bedroom, the living room, or any cosy spot in the house.

When to use a calm corner?

When your child shows feelings such as anger, frustration, sadness or is dysregulated, then some time in the calm corner may help. BUT, the calm corner is NOT a punishment, and should not be confused with a time out, for example.

What to include in the calm corner (Note: not all of these are needed and you can include others):

  • Some comfortable pillows, or a warm blanket
  • A feelings chart with different emotions
  • Calming strategy cards
  • Headphones with soothing and calming sounds
  • Sensory toys like a squishy ball
  • Favourite books
  • Colouring materials
  • A bottle filled with water beads
  • Candles, incense or a smell your child likes.

Please get in touch if you would like any more information on a calm corner or if you would like to discuss how best to support frustrated or anxious children during this time. Email Nicole at nsoames@bishops.org.za