Wednesday, February 19, 2020

It’s a leafy, quiet refuge. The new Calming Corner in the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Children’s Room is a special place for kids who struggle with overstimulation (lights, sounds, activity), where kids can decompress and regain their composure.

When visiting the corner, kids can use a weighted vest and noise-canceling headphones and go through some helpful self-regulating activities. Parents can dim the lights in the corner, too.

Calming Corner materials available for checkout will include books for kids and adults. They’ll provide tips on self-regulating emotions and materials on attention-deficit disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Eventually, families can check out activity kits. Some will help calm overstimulated minds, and some will re-energize kids who need stimulation to keep their minds focused.

Calming Corner resources and library staff training were funded by a grant from a Leadership Fond du Lac team.

For more information, call the Children’s Desk at 920-322-3940.