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Progressive Relaxation Social Story


This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about the relaxation technique of progressive relaxation.

A woman with a concerned expression.

Anxiety and stress can make my body feel bad.

A woman standing with her eyes closed and her hands on her hips.

If I squeeze my muscles and then relax them, it can help me feel relaxed.

A woman laying on a couch.

I should sit or lay in a quiet, comfortable place.

A cartoon rendering of a clock.

I should squeeze one area at a time and hold it for 5 seconds.

A woman standing with her eyes closed and her hands on her hips beside an arrow surrounded by the words

I can start at my head and go down my body to my feet.

A woman raising her eyebrows.

I can raise my eyebrows high.

A woman squeezing her eyes closed.

I can squeeze my eyes tight shut.

A woman with her mouth open.

I open my mouth very wide.

A woman with her eyes closed next to arrows pointing to her ears.

I try to touch my shoulders to my ears.

A woman reaching her arm out next to an arrow pointing to her mouth.

I can take a deep breath.

A woman flexing her arms.

I can tighten my arms by "making a muscle."

A fist.

I can squeeze my hands into fists.

Two arrows pointing to the upper legs of a woman.

I can squeeze my upper legs.

A woman sitting on the ground reaching toward her toes.

I can point my toes toward the sky.

A woman sitting on the ground with her toes curled.

I can curl my toes under.

A woman laying on a couch.

I let all my body be soft and relaxed. I feel calm when my muscles are 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.