OT Corner: Bunny Breathing and Other Exercises to Calm and Self-Regulate
[Source: Your Therapy Source]
Children (and adults) can start integrating different breathing techniques into their day – at circle time, meal time, and transition time. Bunny breathing or bunny breaths is one type of breathing technique to teach children.
Take the time to support children by regularly practicing and pausing periodically, taking the time to breathe consciously. Encourage them to notice and name how the different breathing exercises affect how they feel and think and behave.
Remind kids to use conscious breathing to help them manage their feelings and shift their own mind-body state, the same way you would other healthy habits such as teeth brushing, saying “please” and “thank you,” lining up for recess, cleaning up after themselves, etc.
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