Brainstem Calmer Activities
Updated: Jun 10, 2020
Children’s brains organize from bottom to top, starting from their brainstem and moving to cortical, ‘higher thinking’ areas last. Some children have a hyper-active stress response, and they quickly swing into brainstem survival modes of fight/ flight/ freeze.
One way to help these children move children from these super high anxiety states, to their calming ‘thinking brain’, is patterned, repetitive rhythmic activity.
Some examples of ‘brainstem calmer’ activities are:
Listening to rhythmic music
Bouncing a ball
Poi spinning (older children)
This information has been adapted from Beaconhouse.org. Check out their website for tons of great information and resources.