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Idea #25: Take a breath

Posted on April 25, 2013 in Autism

Another idea from You’re Welcome by Paula Kluth and Patrick Schwarz

Whether you support young children or adults, introducing deep breathing exercises to curb stress and deal with struggles like transitions and schedule changes can be a life saver. Begin by teaching the individual the exercises and then follow up by sharing videos or step-by-step checklists to reinforce the new skill.

You can find a social narrative here (from a book by Beverly Vicker) on using deep breathing with young adults.


  1. From Stephanie Shouldis on 25 Apr 2013

    I have been teaching my five year old son how to use deep breathing. I knew he understood when he told a stranger at the grocery store, who was frustrated with the cashier, that she should take some deep breaths. :-)

  2. From Paula Kluth on 25 Apr 2013

    I love that story! LOL!

  3. From Beth Marcou on 27 Apr 2013

    The link doesn’t work for the social narrative. Great tip!

  4. From Todd Aumann on 27 Apr 2013

    The link is fixed – thanks for pointing this out :)