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Coping Tool Stocking Stuffers!

Coping skills are strategies we use to manage feelings and handle stress. Coping is not something we are born knowing how to do; it’s something we learn with practice. It’s never too early or too late to start developing healthy coping skills, and teaching kids healthy coping strategies will help them become better able to handle life’s ups and downs. Coping skills can include deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, counting, resting, asking for help, guided imagery, movement, positive self-talk, etc. However, children of all ages benefit from coping tools that are tangible items they personally find soothing, comforting, enjoyable, distracting, etc. Check out our recommendations for coping tools organized by age group. It is your perfect gift guide this holiday season!

child looking at stocking stuffers

Coping/Soothing Items for Your Infant (0-12 months)

  • Blankets & swaddles

  • Pacifiers

  • Plushies or stuffed animals

  • Projection soothers

  • Sound machines (white noise, etc.)

  • Crib mobiles

  • Teether/soothers

  • Oball or other hand rattles

  • Mirrors

  • Vibration Mat

Coping Tools for Your Toddler (12-36 months)

  • Blankets

  • Plushies or stuffed animals

  • Bubbles

  • Pop fidgets

  • Sensory tubes

  • Glitter wands

  • Light wand

  • Liquid motion timer

Coping Tools for Your Preschooler (3-5 years old)

  • Maze boards

  • Pop Fidgets

  • Hoberman Sphere/Breathing Ball

  • Moods and emotions mirrors

  • Writing tablet

  • Model Magic

  • Scented putty

  • Monkey noodles

  • Finger puppets

  • Pin art board

  • Pop tubes

Coping Tools for Your School Aged Child (6-12 years old)

  • Mesh stress balls

  • Stretchy strings

  • Kinetic sand

  • Wreck This Journal

  • Educational learning ball (rainbow item pictured)

  • Marble fidgets

  • Hoberman Sphere/Breathing Ball

Coping Tools and Your Adolescent (13+ years old)

  • Rainbow puzzle ball

  • Rubik’s cube

  • Wireless headphones

  • Notebook

  • Gel pens & Mandala coloring

  • Drawing / art supplies

  • Stress balls

  • Handheld sensory massagers and/or scalp massager

  • Magazines/books

  • Breathing Necklace

  • Subscriptions or gift cards to apps or devices (music, health/wellness, gaming, reading, etc.)

  • Weighted Blanket

There are SO many ways these coping tools and toys can be utilized and paired with deep breathing or other calming techniques to increase their benefit. If you would like to learn how we find the right coping tools and techniques for your child's needs and how to BEST use these tools to ensure they are receiving the greatest benefit from them, schedule a FREE 15-minute consult with us today here!

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