Technology for Self – Regulation

Self Regulation apps

In an article, Just RELAX!? Using Technology for Self Regulation for Students with Autism (Lewis Stokes, 2014), autism consultant, Susan Lewis Stokes shares technology for self-regulation for students with autism. Self-regulation of emotions is defined as the ability to calm yourself down when you’re upset and cheer yourself up when you’re down (Stosny, 2011). Here are a few apps and resources shared by  Susan Lewis Stokes in her article and as curated by OT’s with Apps in the past. Apps reviewed are suited to primary aged children and are only a few of the many apps available:

My First Yoga iconMy First Yoga -Animal Poses for Kids (free) for iPhone / iPad provides a series of animal yoga poses for children to improve focus, balance and concentration.

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The Adventures of Super Stretch iconThe Adventures of Super Stretch (free) for iPhone/iPad. Super Stretch is an educational yoga tool to use and teach the fun of physical activity and breathing to children. This app uses the skills of self-awareness, self-esteem and self-regulation to teach lifetime skills.

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Breathe, Think Do iconBreath, Think, Do with Sesame Street (free) for iPhone/iPad, created by Sesame Street, provides breathing and problem solving practice for children ages 2-5 years of age. Models deep breathing using a friendly monster.

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Calm Counter app iconCalm Counter app (2.99) for iPhone/iPad is visual and audio tool to help people calm down when they are angry or anxious. The app includes a social story about anger, and audio/visual tools for calming down. Developed by Touch Autism.

Other technology resources for self regulation for preschool and primary aged students:

MeMoves iconMeMoves – Provides guided, visual models of patterned, bilateral movement with music suited to all ages and skills to calm, focus or be joyful. Available as a complimenting app (9.99), but most effectively displayed with the DVD. Students I have used it with or as implemented in the classroom have enjoyed MeMoves and provided a calming, centering experience during their day.

Yoga for Children with Special Needs (19.95) by Aras Baskauskas (DVD) available on Amazon.

There are many wonderful tools available for self regulation available. Look for a future review on self regulation technology for upper elementary through adults on OT’s with Apps.

What technology have you found useful to help support self-regulation?



Lewis Stokes, Susan K. “Just Relax!? Using Technology for Self Regulation for Students with Autism.” Connecting Wisconsin Spring 2014, Volume 24 ed., Issue 2 sec.: 4-5. Print.

Stosny, Steven. “Self-Regulation.” Psychology Today: Health, Help, Happiness + Find a Therapist. Psychology Today, 28 Oct. 2011. Web. 16 Apr. 2014.




About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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