How does Calmkins™ help my child calm down?
Holding, hugging or having Calmkins animals on your lap produces deep touch stimulation. Research shows it can help your child’s body create a natural chemical known as the “bliss molecule,” scientifically called Oxytocin. It’s responsible for a wide range of benefits which directly contribute to calming emotions, reducing stress and cortisol levels, and inducing feelings of optimism.
Most Oxytocin is found inside a pea-sized gland in your brain. And it’s only released during specific activities. The most common of which is hugging. The problem is that it acts like a pressure gauge, and it takes twenty seconds of hugging for it to be released. So when your child hugs, holds, or even has it on their lap, the light pressure on their skin helps release Oxytocin.
What is a transitional object?
A comfort or transitional object is similar to a security blanket. It’s used to provide children psychological comfort — especially in unusual or traumatic situations, or at bedtime. Among toddlers, comfort objects may take the form of a blanket, a stuffed animal, or teddy bear.
Why does my child have difficulty sitting still during circle time, is rolling around on the floor and is always seeking attention from peers and the teacher?
A child may have difficulty during circle time because they are unable to self-regulate their body rather than because they are acting out. Calmkins weighted animal provides proprioceptive input to your child, which helps them to calm their emotions and focus.
Why is tactile stimulation important?
Tactile learning, aided by touching the various textures on Calmkins, is essential for a child’s growth in cognitive, social and emotional development. If a child struggles to self-regulate through their auditory or visual system and learn, tactile stimulation helps self-regulation and develop other learning skills.