Practical Tips for Anxious Children
Practical tips if your child is suffering from anxiety:
A clear daily routine is important. 'Now and Next' boards and 'visual timetables' may
Sometimes just writing down a worry can be helpful in itself. When a worrying or troubling thought comes into the child's mind they can write it down, or draw a picture, and feed it to their monster or puppet. They will often be willing to tell the monster about the worry when they have been unable to voice it to an adult.
Worry monsters can be purchased from https://www.amazon.co.uk/Schmidt-42343-Junior-Worry-Eater/dp/B00U4SES0Q/ref=sr_1_11 dchild=1&keywords=worry+monster&qid=1587986046&s=kids&sr=1-11
or you can design and make your own https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Design-a-worry-monster.pdf
As part of the daily walk ( if practical and possible), pass the school and encourage your
child to be curious: "I wonder, I imagine and I notice" conversations. In a really simple way,
this keeps school in the frontal cortex, which will help in dealing with anxieties
introduce things like music, smells, comfy chair/colours, warm lights into your child's daily routine.
introduce a range of daily play activities – it can be anything . Play activates the oxytocin
chemical and therefore brings the cortisol that cause the anxiety down.
This could be a written diary or blog, audio or video, scrapbook, images or photos,
sketchbook, etc. Any of these formats can be a diary. Capture great family moments with
photographs or drawings, keep your art creations done during lockdown in your scrapbook, draw maps of walks you've been on, ask the whole family to write diary entries to record
Giving children a sense of control is important. Give them independent tasks to complete -
handwashing, helping out in the house, contacting extended family etc
Explaining Social Distancing to Children
For very young children who may not understand the concept of viruses and germs, this video from Sesame Street’s Grover is a great way to show them the “good” and “bad” of being far away and too close up to someone.
One of the best ways for kids to understand a variety of topics is through stories. The author Kim St. Lawrence, has created a story video of a children’s book about social distancing called “Time to Come In, Bear,” and shared it on YouTube for families to access for free. The 90-second story follows a bunny who has to explain to a bear why they have to stay inside and is a good starting point for a conversation with kids.
Seasame Street: Learning to belly breathe
Rosita knows it can be frustrating staying inside all the time because she feels the same way too! Luckily, her mommy taught her how belly breathing can help calm her emotions. Take a deep breath and learn to belly breathe with Rosita