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Deep Breathing Social Story


This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about using deep breathing as a relaxation technique.

A crying boy.

Sometimes I might feel scared or worried. This is called anxiety.

A boy taking a deep breath.

When I have anxiety, breathing slowly can help me feel better.

A boy with his mouth open and an arrow pointing away from his mouth.

I should breathe in through my nose, and out through my mouth.

A thought bubble with the numbers 1 through 7.

I should count to 7 when I breathe in, and then count to 7 when I breathe out.

An analog clock.

I should keep breathing like this for at least one minute.

A smiling boy.

When I take deep breaths, it helps my body feel calm.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.