Students thrive on routine, especially students with trauma. While you may already have scheduled and predictable routines built into your school day, consider including or expanding the amount of ‘self-care rituals’ built into these routines.
If students know that each transition will be accompanied by a moment of calm reflection or deep breathing, for instance, this can ease some of the anxiety and misbehavior often associated with transitions.
Greetings and goodbye rituals can support students who struggle with attachment issues.
Snack-time, water, and frequent bathroom breaks can ensure that student’s physical needs are met.
Time for play and fun is another need we all share. Use your creativity and include short breaks for energizers, games, and fun activities.
And, of course, if your students are familiar with mindfulness you can build in mindful moments throughout the day ranging from 30 seconds to a few minutes or longer.
Seek to make these routines as predictable and consistent as possible. Students can then come to rely on these built-in moments in their schedule to self-regulate, self-sooth, and take care of themselves before they become dysregulated.