Supporting Self-Regulation @ Home
Schedule for the Day
Create a simple schedule and review it together at the start of each day. Planning before doing supports the development of self-regulation as children are able to predict and anticipate what happens next. At the same time, stay flexible.
Helping Children Wait
Use visual cues to help your child self-regulate when they need to wait.
When you plan for the day, your child may come up with ideas you can’t do right away…
Sticky Note Schedule
Try this: Create a visual “moveable” schedule
Helping at Home
Engage your child in helping out at home! Support them in learning how to clean up and do simple jobs around the house independently.
Use a visual cue for what “clean up” looks like.
Want to help your child clean up independently? Try this.
Empower children to help
Challenge your child to finish cleaning up.
Children need unscheduled time to relax and rest. Set aside time each day for Quiet Time. If your child no longer naps, they can engage in quiet activities during this time.
Quiet Time Bag
Put a few special items in a bag that only comes out at Quiet Time!
Replay the Day
At the end of the day, take time to review the day and reflect together. What were some highlights? What did you learn? What did you not get to do that you would like to do tomorrow? Celebrate accomplishments and plan for the day ahead.
Replay the Day
Take time to review the day and reflect together.
When your child’s (or your!) self-regulation runs low, it’s time to recharge! Try a Freeze Game—turn on a song, and pause the music a few times. Everyone stops dancing until the music starts again. You can also try singing a fingerplay together, or playing a hand clapping game.
Using fingerplays with your child
Find a great list of ideas and videos here.