Category: Emotional Regulation

The Effects of Childhood Anxiety
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The Effects of Childhood Anxiety

Childhood anxiety is sneaky. It rarely presents itself in obvious ways, in children or in adults. Challenging behavior, difficulty with emotional regulation, and even sensory issues can all mask the underlying anxiety a child may feel. Likewise, a child may have emotional, social or developmental differences that result in anxious behavior. As much as parents,...

Dance Your Way to Healing Childhood Trauma and Emotional Regulation
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Dance Your Way to Healing Childhood Trauma and Emotional Regulation

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affects 34 million children in the US each year, often causing childhood trauma. Nearly half of all US children had at least one of nine ACEs, and more than 20 percent had two or more. The nine areas assessed are as follows: • Somewhat often/very often hard to get by on...

Prioritize Play for Kids to Help Them Thrive As Adults
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Prioritize Play for Kids to Help Them Thrive As Adults

The idea of play being an instinctual need for children is not one readily discussed. When children are young, play is often encouraged but just as often limited in an effort of balancing it with too many structured activities and rules. Unrestricted play is an essential part of social and emotional development. As kids head...

Painfully Shy – A Mother’s Story
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Painfully Shy – A Mother’s Story

Twenty years ago when my daughter was in pre-school and kindergarten, her teachers repeatedly told us that her severe shyness was “an issue.” This pattern continued throughout her school years. No teacher, doctor or counselor ever mentioned pediatric occupational therapy, (at which point, I had no idea existed nor would I have known how an...

Self-Regulation in Kids – Are we asking for too much, too soon?
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Self-Regulation in Kids – Are we asking for too much, too soon?

Change is a tricky word, especially when used in context to “changing” how others self-regulate their behavior. Whether it is your significant other, a co-worker, friend or child, it’s important to stay in a growth mindset both for yourself and the person perceived as needing to change. Plot twist! Starting by regulating our own behavior...

Reading + Outdoor Adventures = Fun Opportunities to Redirect Behavior
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Reading + Outdoor Adventures = Fun Opportunities to Redirect Behavior

Reading is not just about keeping kids occupied – it’s also a way to spark creative activities that support emotional development and total development as a result. And when you combine books with springtime themes with outdoor activities that engage the senses, it can produce a variety of therapeutic experiences for your child. Children with...

Are Your Kids Experiencing Shutdowns, Silliness, Extra Movement or Anger? Read these 3 Ways to Avoid Overstimulation in Kids
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Are Your Kids Experiencing Shutdowns, Silliness, Extra Movement or Anger? Read these 3 Ways to Avoid Overstimulation in Kids

Overstimulation occurs when an abundance of stimuli is beyond the child’s processing “threshold” and causes confusion and/or anxiety. It’s the feeling some of us may experience when facing 300 options in the cereal aisle, deciding what to binge on Netflix, scrolling through Pinterest… Don’t even get us started on choosing the “best” anti-wrinkle cream in the cosmetics section!...

Emotional Regulational Begins with Understanding – Theirs and Ours
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Emotional Regulational Begins with Understanding – Theirs and Ours

As parents, teachers and occupational therapists, we all spend a lot of energy and time finding solutions to the challenges children face. We toss and turn, toil and tumble trying our best to make things better. What we wouldn’t give to take away any chance for anxiety, bullying, social issues, and fears. When we see...