As we reach the middle of winter, the OT department wanted to share some fun activities that promote deep breathing! Oftentimes, your child may be taking quick, short breaths because the environment is too exciting or scary for him or her. Taking deep breaths can help us feel calm and relaxed. A deep breath starts by inhaling through the nose to and ends by exhaling through the mouth. Think of the body as a balloon. As we take a big inhale, the belly and chest grow bigger. Once we exhale, the belly and chest become smaller.
Here are some activities that will encourage your child to take deep breaths!