Settle Your Glitter
App Made By: Momentous Institute
About the App
Settle Your Glitter is a an app featuring a virtual calm down jar developed to help children regulate their emotions through calming visuals aimed to create positive self regulation habits. The app consists of a visual calm down strategy children can use when they are feeling worried, mad, sad, or silly. When you enter the app it asks the child how they are feeling. Once an emotion is selected, they rate their feeling from not feeling that way at all to feeling it in the extreme form. The child then shakes the phone or tablet to fill a virtual snow globe with glitter. A pufferfish expands and shrinks nearby to give the child a visual to take deep breaths alongside. The child can take deep breaths and watch the glitter settle at the bottom of the snow globe. This app is an excellent way to provide an on-the-go visual with a self regulation strategy and eventually help promote independent mindfulness and emotion regulation.
- The glitter will take longer to settle based on the severity of the emotion the child reports. For example, if a child is extremely worried he will have more time to take deep breaths, watch the glitter fall, and calm down.
- The child can decide if he is emotionally regulated once the glitter settles and opt to continue the session if he feels necessary.
- The app can be a visual for children to assist in reminding children to take deep breaths and practice mindfulness which can be turned into habit and something they can do without having the app on hand.
- Children learn to rate the severity of their emotions. With the help of an adult they can discuss these emotions and talk about using a calm down strategy earlier before the severity of the emotion gets too high.
Ways to use Settle Your Glitter in therapy:
Settle Your Glitter can be a great tool to have on hand during therapy sessions. When teaching self regulation, the app can serve as an example of a calm down strategy that kids can use. It can also serve as a break if you notice a child is agitated or getting increasingly frustrated. The program is silent so it could be used in a group therapy session while other students are working. The child can use the app to calm down and then return back to the group ready to learn.
Melissa Marblestone, M.A. CCC-SLP
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