Understanding relaxation techniques are ideal when working with children, people with a learning disabilities, autism, ADHD and dementia. Relaxation can be used in the classroom after break to re-focus pupils, as part of day centre programme or as part of a sensory diet.
Relaxation helps us to calm down. When we are calm, we are alert and able to engage in meaningful activities.
Allow about 15 minutes to complete relaxation.
Find somewhere for you or the person you are supporting to complete relaxation without being disturbed.
Try to practise the techniques when feeling calm. This way the techniques can be used more effectively when feeling anxious. You do not need to feel anxious when you practise.
Will need to practise as much as possible to understand and feel the benefits.
You could record voice to help the person with relaxation when you are not able to support them.
Techniques you could use:
Muscle Progressive Relaxation
Visualization, or guided imagery
Yoga and Thai Chi combined with deep breathing
If you would like further information, please contact us and we can send you information tailored to your needs. We can also make accessible relaxation packages, keyrings and handouts for a small fee. These will be available for download soon.