Draw a place where you feel calm and happy. It could be real or imaginary.
2. Emotions and Sensations
As you draw, notice what you see, hear, and feel right now.
Do “Fun Movement” while thinking about this place.
4. Cue Word
Choose a word or phrase to help you remember this place.
5. Connect Cue & Resource
Think about your word and your place at the same time, and add some “Fun Movement.”
Think about this place often to connect with feelings of calm and happiness.
Instead of drawing, the child can paint, or do a collage, or find images online. You can do this activity with a group. Each member can take turns identifying their calm place and presenting it to the group. You can plan a game for all the children to show their calm place.
Draw a place where you feel calm and comfortable (for example: the beach, a park, a lake). It can be an imaginary place (for example: a place where it rains ice cream cones).
My Calm Place
Draw a place where you feel calm.
What do you hear, see, feel in this place?
Do “fun movement” and choose a word or phrase to name this place.
Think about this word and your calm place and add more “fun movement.” You can remember this place often so you can feel calm again.
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EMDR International Association. (2021, November 14). Calm place (EMDRIA children's toolkit) [Client Handout].
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