News – Brainstem Calmers

One of the most helpful ways to move children from high anxiety states, to their
calmer ‘thinking brain’, is repetitive rhythmic activity. Creating a therapeutic
relationships around the child together with regular brainstem calming activities
can, over time, help a child’s brain and body learn that they are safe. Brainstem
calming activities need to be: Relational (offered by a safe adult), Relevant
(developmentally matched to the child rather than matched to their actual age),
Repetitive, Rewarding (enjoyable) Rhythmic and Respectful (of the child and