Hope has a 24" vinyl mat that she sits on. It is portable and can go anywhere with us. We have used it as a thinking spot, a cool off spot, and a keep Hope contained spot. It worked most of the time. However, when a child has already passed the point of no return, getting them to sit and a mat and collect themselves isn't
This is what we do for strong sitting:
- Hope sits on the center of the mat, on her bottom.
- Legs are criss-cross applesauce.
- Her back is straight, hands rest on her knees, relaxed.
- She is encouraged to focus on the good choices she is going to make.
The meal is waiting for her when she has completed her strong sitting.
I am hoping that regular practice will not only let Hope reset several times a day, but make the mat a place Hope associates with calm control.
Has anybody else used a version of strong sitting?