Sometimes, anxiety is just a part of life, even for kids. There are many things that can be stressors in a child’s life, whether it’s school or seeing the doctor. But when your child has a special need, such as a sensory processing order, then chances are they may experience a lot of anxiety. When your child is having trouble with their anxiety, here are a few ways that you can help.
Know What to Say
One of the best things to help your child when they are experiencing anxiety is to talk them through it. But it’s important to know that some of the things people might say to reassure and anxious person do more harm than good. Avoid phrases like “There’s nothing to worry about.” Even though it’s not as harsh as “Get over it,” saying things that invalidate your child’s worry will make them feel guilty about their feelings. Instead, tell them that you’re here for them and ask your child to talk about what concerns them and why.
Provide a Healthy Distraction
Often stressful situations are unavoidable, such as a dentist appointment. But when you have the chance, it’s always good to give your child an opportunity to take a break from an overwhelming situation. That’s one of the main functions of a sensory hideout for children who become easily overstimulated.
Encourage Them to Face Their Fears
When you talk with your child about their worries, it helps them to get it out of their head. You can also have your child write or draw their worries and help them think of ways that they can change their situation. Eventually, your child will need to face their fears. If they don’t like social interaction, then you could have them just try out an after school activity. Make sure to reward them for stepping out of their comfort zone.
The Connections Therapy Center
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