Applicable To: Groups or Individuals
CAPPD Concepts: Calm, attuned
What It Is: Create a cozy area where children can go when stressed, angry, sad, or fearful. Make the area as warm and homelike as possible – soft blankets, soft chairs, beanbag chairs, cushions, stuffed animals, etc.
Why It Helps: Two major problems children affected by trauma experience are an absence of feeling safe and the inability to self-soothe, particularly when they are operating in a hypervigilant state. Providing them with a calm, cozy area can provide them with a safe retreat when they feel overwhelmed or unsafe and gives them the opportunity to practice self-soothing and regulating their emotions.