Anxiety

One Mom’s Experience with Advocacy

Since I started my blog at Special-Ism, I have covered many topics. I have worn my heart on my sleeve and opened up to the world about some very personal experiences. Our latest challenge...
Compulsive Checking

Compulsive Checking – Two Games to Help a Child Think Differently

Children who repeatedly check are often watchful of what’s happening around them. They take care to make sure things are okay, which in itself is fine; but when carefulness develops into something more serious,...
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Detect and Deal with Anxiety

Anxiety is broadly defined as; "a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome". It's a good definition of the feeling but it really doesn't begin to explain the reasons...
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5 Steps to Help a Child with Unwanted Thoughts

Most children experience ‘bad’ thoughts but easily disregard them. However, some children and teenagers pay too much importance to their unpleasant thoughts and become fearful that a loved one will be harmed, or that...

Discover Calm: Build a Self-Regulation Tool Box

In my article, What in the World is Self-Regulation? Self-Regulation and Me!, I talked about self-regulation. This month I would like to provide more strategies for self-regulation, because I feel that it is a...
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Wild Ride to the Heart: Learn to Control Anxiety While Having Fun

"1 in 8 children are diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder. Separation Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are common in younger children, ages 6-9, while Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder...
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A Visit with the Worry Witch: Guided Relaxation for Kids

Life in general can be stressful. Having difficulty processing sensory information can make life even more stressful. Giving children a tool they can use to manage and reduce stress may help them learn better,...

Decrease Back to School Jitters with these Strategies

For many kids, returning to school can create some anxiety and back to school jitters run rampant. Just yesterday, my nephew told me how he didn’t want to think about school because he remembered...
Sensory Hair Cuts

Getting to the “Root” of Haircut Challenges – 5 Tips to Turning a Roller...

Taking a typical child to the hair dresser can be a challenging experience, but adding more "isms" to this experience can change this from a simple errand to a frightening roller coaster ride of...

A Day at Monster Jam: Tips for Preparing “those” Summer Events

Summer is a time many families are looking for those fun, high interest activities to do with their kids. As a counselor, one of the biggest fears I often hear from parents is, “We...