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Grounding Tools

Grounding tools are activities or items which give some intense or distracting sensory input which brings a person back to the present moment, focusing on their bodies and/or senses rather than what is bothering them. Here are some ideas of grounding tools that I often explore with children, to find what works best for them:



Mouth tools

Sour candies/ foods

Sweet hard candies

Gum

Crunchy snack

Coffee stirrer

Water bottle

Blow balloon

Blow bubbles

Ice/ something frozen


Hearing tools

Music (headphones)

Noise cancelling headphones

Humming

Ear plugs


Doing tools

Breathing exercise

Sit on hands or legs

Chair push-ups

Squeeze hands together

Doodle/ color

Go for a walk

Go to a quiet place

Self-hug

Tapping ‘exercise’

Squeeze arms and legs

Pet an animal

Lift weights

Exercise with resistance band or medicine ball

Snap rubber band on wrist

Bounce a ball

Text somebody/ give someone a call

Yoga

Grounding exercise (ie mindfulness, 54321)

Play drums

Do a puzzle or rubik’s cube

Punch a punching bag

Cats cradle

Activity book


Eye tools

Look at a picture

Read a book

Wear sunglasses

Liquid motion timer

Sand timer

Calm jar/ bottle

Hoberman Sphere



Body tools

Weighted lap pad

Weighted animal

Weighted blanket

Vibrating pillow

Massager

Shower or bath


Hand tools

Tangle

Stress ball

Koosh ball

Slime

Putty

Acupuncture ring

Smooth stone

Worry bead bracelet

Lotion

Spinner ring

Bendy animal

Cold pack

Grip trainer

Flex bar

Nee-doh/ Giant Morphe ball

Kinetic sand

Water beads

Finger knitting


Smell tools:

Aromatherapy bracelet, spray or roller

Scented lotion

Scented markers


“Red Zone” tools Ideas

Rip paper/ cardboard

Punch punching bag

Crash into bean bag chair

Punch pillow

Listen to ‘heavy’, rhythmic music

Go for a run

Squeeze hands together

Deep breathing

Kick/ throw a ball against a wall

Sand bag throws

pushups



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