A chill space can provide the perfect spot for your child to unwind, regain control, and to help them stay regulated.
I have seen photos of incredible sensory rooms and chill spaces at schools and even at people’s homes, and just wish I could have a room or space like those! Creating a chill space for your child doesn't have to break the bank or end up in a huge renovation. At its most basic level, a chill space (also referred to as a sensory corner or calm-down corner) is a spot where your child can relax, feel safe, and engage in some sensory input that helps them to self-regulate.
Start off by figuring out what helps your child calm down and be content when they are frustrated, overwhelmed, sad, or too excited. What supports them in staying calm when they are in a calm space?
Have a look at what you have available. Do you have lots of open space? Or perhaps you don’t have space, but you have a dining room table that you don’t use all the time or a wardrobe in your child’s bedroom that you can rearrange a bit to make some space.
Make sure that the spot is comfortable and safely accessible for your child. Use pillows, blankets, cushions, etc to help you get that right.
The next step is to put things in the chill space that will benefit your child. We want to add things they can use to help them relax, unwind and calm down.
In this week's video guide, I share some more ideas for simple, easy-to-create chill spaces at home, as well as some best practices around safety and when the best time is for your child to use their chill space.
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