How can I get my child to calm down to focus on the task at hand?
Try giving your child a "Brain Freeze"!
When the brain is overworked or stimulated, the emotional brain can take over. This is a great time to use a sound (a special chime or soft bell) to indicate it is the begining of a "brain freeze" coming on.
Teach your child that as soon as they hear this sound, they should stop whatever they are doing and freeze in a comfortable position. Allow them to lay their head down or curl up on the floor. Encourage them to close their eyes.
Try allowing 1-3 minutes for Brain Freezes a few times during a child's day.
(Self Regulation & Mindfulness. 2017 Gibbs D. Varleisha PhD., OTD, OTR/L)