The first step in any discipline encounter is to take a deep, calming breath. Three deep breaths shut off the fight or flight response in the body.
The four core active calming techniques used in Conscious Discipline are S.T.A.R., balloon, pretzel and drain.
Teach these techniques to children, post images of them in your Safe Place and find ways to incorporate them into daily activities. This PDF provides images for each breathing activity in a variety of sizes, as well as instructions for conducting them. Use these images around your classroom, school, center and home to encourage children and remind yourself to breathe when the going gets tough.
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