Anxiety

Actions to take for Anxiety

If your child is medicated and the ADHD is made quiet, only to let the anxiety shine through, then this is ok because counselling and therapy will work whilst medicating for ADHD. It can’t and doesn’t really work if not medicated for ADHD because the ADHD stops and disrupts the learning.

Here are some things you can do to help your child if they’re overwhelmed or anxious........

  • Make a sensory box with your child. For calming and centering the mind. 

  • Go for a special buying trip with your child, to a dollar store.

  • Buy glitter tubes where glitter floats from one end to the other.

  • Buy extra soft, small, plush toys, squishy toys, stress balls. 

  • Buy smelly toys.

  • Buy light up toys.

  • Buy fidget toys.

  • Buy small sequin things that you brush one way or another to get different colours. 

  • Buy a small paper and pen to write down what is bothering them, to stop it swirling in their mind.

  • Buy a small ear to whisper their problem to.

  • Write down little affirmations, written beautifully, and place them inside their sensory box waiting for them to read.

  • Teach breathing and counting exercises, breathing in for a count of 3 and breathing out for a count of 3 and trying to get slower and deeper, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.

  • Start with your toes and feet and go through a pattern of tensing muscles and then relaxing of muscles, working your way through each body part, moving up the body.

  • Let them have access to certain relaxation or meditation apps that takes them through exercises with calming noises.

  • You can also do grounding techniques, like say 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste.

There are 10 grounding techniques here for kids......https://www.counselorkeri.com/2019/04/02/help-kids-manage-worry/

Also try and understand what triggers their worry and anxiety. See if you can’t put a prevention in place, or minimisation of triggers in place for them. Teach them their triggers so they can understand and possibly avoid triggers.

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