Applicable To: Groups or Individuals
CAPPD Concepts: Calm, predictable
What It Is:Read age appropriate, familiar books to and with children. Rhythmic books are especially good. See Appendix I for a list of suggested books.
Why It Helps: Reading is relaxing, which decreases anxiety and stress. Re-reading familiar stories is especially good as it provides a sense of control/predictability and helps pathways develop in the brain. Reading also can be good opportunity to safely sit close together and experience physical comfort (but do not force or pressure children to sit near you/touch you unless they want to).