15 simple and easy self relaxation strategies for children with ASD

Causes of Stress and anxiety in children with ASD:-

  1. Changes in routine – for example, not going to a weekly piano lesson because the teacher is sick
  2. Changes in environment – for example, a new house, or furniture in different places at home
  3. Unfamiliar social situations – for example, a birthday party at an unfamiliar house
  4. Sensory sensitivities – for example, sensitivities to particular noises, bright lights, specific flavours or food textures
  5. Fear of a particular situation, activity or object – for example, sleeping in their own bed, going to the toilet, balloons or vacuum cleaners.
  6. Inability to express his/her feelings and needs.

What can we do about it ?

There are many calming/relaxing techniques that can be used by parents or the child himself. In this article, I have mentioned some short and easy self relaxing strategies that the child can use anytime (at school or even at home) whenever he/she feels he is feeling overwhelmed & needs to relax.

Self Relaxing Techniques

💥 Squeeze and relax

How these techniques can be used by kids effectively ?

💞 Make a small book named "My relaxation book". Write down a few of the above strategies( which work for your child ) and staple the pages.

About the writer :-

The writer’s name is Abhipsa Parida. She is an occupational therapist specialised in pediatrics and has been handling kids with special needs since 5 years. She is quite experienced and skillful in observation, assessment and planning intervention for kids with special needs. She uses evidence based practice and is very creative and updated in her approach while handling kids with special needs. She has her own clinic in Bhubaneswar and has handled many kids of different age groups with varying needs.

If you have any queries, you can mail them at abhipsaot21@gmail.



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Abhipsa Parida

Abhipsa Parida


My name is Abhipsa Parida. I am an occupational therapist and I have been handling kids with special needs since 6 years. I run my own clinic in Bhubaneswar