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Grounding Social Story

Overview

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

A man with a worried expression.

I may suddenly feel very anxious. This is called a panic attack.

A man with his mouth open.

Panic attacks can be scary. I may feel like I can't breathe.

A smiling man.

When I feel very anxious, I can use grounding techniques to calm down.

A man looking at his surroundings.

I can take a look around me and remind myself that I'm safe.

A man breathing in through his nose and out his mouth.

I can take slow, deep breaths in through my nose and out my mouth.

A man under a book, sunglasses, a dog, a soda can, and a tree.

I can focus on my 5 senses and name 5 things I see.

A man under a cat, a t-shirt, grass, and a dog.

I can name 4 things I can feel.

An ear next to a bird, a rain cloud, and a music note.

I can name 3 things I can hear.

A nose above a cupcake and a sunflower.

I can name 2 things I smell.

A mouth next to a cheeseburger.

I can name one thing I can taste.

A man with a thought bubble containing trees.

I can also think of a calm place in my mind.

A smiling man.

I can keep doing these things until I feel calm and relaxed.

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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.