Could ASMR help adoptive families?

Possibly the best-kept secret on YouTube, this relaxation technique sends people to sleep, helps others concentrate, and has even calmed my fidgety children! (Frankly, that’s almost miraculous.) It’s been around for a few years, but many people still haven’t heard of it. I only discovered it a few weeks ago, and am rapidly becoming a fan. But what is ASMR, how does it work, and what could it do for your family?

What is ASMR?

I did a quick survey on Twitter recently and discovered that most of my friends in the adoption community hadn’t encountered ASMR yet.

Here are a couple of explanations from popular ASMR videomakers.

About ASMR

  • ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response – that is, a kind of relaxing tingle, like goosebumps, triggered by a visual, audio, or audiovisual cue. It’s often felt in the scalp. These cues are often in the form of specially made ASMR videos on YouTube or audio recordings on Spotify.
  • The people who make these videos are known as ASMRtists. There are LOTS of them.
  • There are a wide range of ‘tingle triggers’, including tapping, whispering, and tactile objects.
  • Many people find ASMR helpful with relaxation, particularly for falling asleep. They can also be good background noise when you’re reading or writing.
  • You don’t have to feel ‘the tingle’ to enjoy or benefit from the relaxation effect of ASMR videos. I haven’t experienced them myself but I still find it pleasingly soporific.
  • My children find ASMR videos really calming – at those times when they’re fidgety and bordering on dysregulated, these can help pull them back into a more regulated place.
  • In summary: try a few out, both for your own relaxation and your children’s. Then come back and let me know what you think.
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Where to start

Some of our favourite ASMR videos:

I’d love to know what you and your children make of ASMR – please leave a comment once you’ve given it a try.


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