Tag: Anxiety

How to Help a Stressed & Anxious Teenager

How to Help a stressed and anxious teenager

Takeaway: Use the following 3-step process to help your teenager. (1) Recognise signs that she’s stressed and anxious, (2) Identify what’s triggered her, and (3) Teach her the right coping strategies. For more deep-rooted issues, consider consulting a specialist.   Read More

What is Echolalia? And Can It Hold Your Child Back?

What is Echolalia, And Can It Hold Your Child Back

Takeaway: All children mimic and echo the things they hear. It’s called echolalia and it’s how they learn a language. But some children rely on it too much and it prevents them from truly expressing themselves. As a parent, you can learn to decode what your child is saying, but a skilled speech therapist can help you uncover and address the deeper issues at play. Read More

Does Autism Mask Some Mental Health Issues?

Does Autism Mask Some Mental Health Issues?

Takeaway: Children with autism are usually quite solitary and emotionally withdrawn, making it harder to spot mental health issues. And they’re especially vulnerable to conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and depression. If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, it’s worth finding a team of specialists who can support you and put together a comprehensive care plan for your child. Read More

Why Autism Can Affect Your Child’s Sleeping Habits

Why Autism Can Affect Your Childs Sleeping Habits

Takeaway: Autism is a developmental difference that gives your child a unique set of traits — some empowering, some challenging. Often, the more challenging traits can disrupt your child’s sleep which in turn magnifies those traits in a vicious cycle. The great thing, though, is that there are things you can do at home to help your child sleep better. And for more severe sleep issues you can consult a child psychologist, who’ll have a whole different set of techniques to work with. Read More

What is Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

Takeaway: Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a subtype of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), where children compulsively try to avoid any demands and requests from other people. These are stressful, so avoiding them feels good. But only for a bit. Then the anxiety comes back even stronger and slowly takes over their lives. Thankfully PDA can be managed if diagnosed early enough. So, it’s worth consulting a specialist for an assessment and a custom care plan. Read More

How LEGO Therapy Uses ‘Play Time’ to Develop Your Child’s Social Skills

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Takeaway: LEGO therapy is a fun, multisensory type of group play therapy that can help your child develop her social (and other) skills. Sessions happen at regular intervals (ideally every week), a facilitator guides the group through a semi-structured LEGO play session, and the children take turns trying out different roles. These roles and the club rules help your child expand her type of play and teaches her important skills that carry over into her everyday life.  Read More

How to Unravel Your Child’s Back-to-School Stress and Anxiety

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Takeaway: Going back to school after months of lockdown can be a strange experience for your child. But if you spot her stress and anxiety issues early, you can teach her valuable coping strategies. Strategies like breaking large problems into manageable chunks, exploring and learning to manage worst-case scenarios, and redirecting attention to notice the positive. Read More

School After Lockdown: 3 Challenges Your Child Will Need Help With

shools after lockdown challenges your child will need help with

Takeaway: Most children are now used to the new-normal of lockdown. And this might make returning to school a little stressful. So, to help them adapt, (1) Get them back onto their pre-lockdown routine, (2) Talk to them about their anxieties, and (3) Teach them how to protect themselves from COVID-19. Read More