Build a Self-Regulation Tool Box

In my article, What in the World is Self-Regulation? Self-Regulation and Me!, I talked about self-regulation. This month I would like to provide more strategies for self-regulation, because I feel that it is a very important topic. In order to live a fulfilling life, you need to be able to regulate your emotions and behavior. Otherwise, it is very hard to cope, to go places, and to participate in the community knowing that at any time you could lose control.

A child is never too young to learn how to self-regulate, but he is also never too old. Sooner is better than later, but it is never too late! Once self-regulation is learned, it is easier to cope in everyday life. Personally, learning how to self-regulate has changed my life for the better.

Build a Self-Regulation Tool Box
There are many different strategies and tools that an individual can use to self-regulate. It is important to have multiple tools and strategies in your self-regulation toolbox. Sometimes a strategy or tool will work for a while, and then stop working. When this happens, I recommend putting the tool or strategy away in your toolbox for a later date. Months down the road, the strategy can be tried again. Sensory preferences change over time, therefore, something that helps calm an individual and regulate them one day, may not work the next.

I have spent many years of my life learning strategies to help me self-regulate and stay in control of my own behavior and emotions. And the hard work has paid off! I really need to thank my teachers and occupational therapist who have taught me many of these strategies.  Remember, not all strategies work for all individuals.

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Chloe is a young adult who has PDD-NOS who shares her experiences, her talent, and love for writing to raise awareness about Autism. Visit Chloe at Oh The Places I'll Go: My Life With Autism .