Anxiety can be very difficult for children resulting in considerable stress with negative consequences on daily living skills. Many children with co-morbid conditions such as autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disabilities are at greater risk for anxiety. Parents, teachers and children can learn strategies to help deal with anxiety. The strategies to help children with anxiety can be proactive, communicative and reactive.
Proactive strategies: The goal of these strategies is to prevent the anxiety from occurring. Some suggestions are using visual schedules, talking and explaining, relaxation techniques and physical activities.
Communication strategies: It is important to help children develop self-management, self-regulation and social interaction skills. Strategies in this area focus on encouraging children to identify their emotions and forming a controlled emotional response. A visual scale can be used to help children to identify emotional states. Here is an example of a visual scale to determine if a child is ready to work.
What is your best strategy or suggestion to help children with anxiety?
Reference: Gobrial, E., & Raghavan, R. (2017). Calm child programme: Parental programme for anxiety in children and young people with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 1744629517704536.
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