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6 Ways to Help Reduce Anxiety in Children with Autism

6 Ways to Help Reduce Anxiety in Children with Autism

Experiencing anxiety can be very challenging. It can affect your productivity, your health and even the smallest parts of your everyday life. If you have ever experienced this as an adult, you would realize that anxiety in children with autism can be more difficult. These special children are already dealing with a lot of difficulties in their daily routine and anxiety will surely add more to all of the trouble. With this, it is really imperative for parents, teachers and other individuals on know the effects of anxiety to kids with autism.

What are the links between autism and anxiety?

A study revealed that people with autism also experience anxiety. The challenge for parents is how to try to understand the overlapping characteristics of anxiety and autism. There are instances when the child would show different behaviours that will make you wonder if it is a symptom of the anxiety of it is only a part of the characteristics of a child with autism. They can be over stimulated, they can also harm themselves and they can have an outburst of emotion. For other children, they become so depended with schedules and they can withdraw from their usual circle.

Six Ways to Help Your Child with Anxiety

As parents, the first thing that we should be doing is to understand the triggers and the type of environment your child has. Start looking for information that will help you get a better perspective on the situation that your child has. After that, you can continue looking for the best ways to address the issue. To give you a head start, here are some ways on how you can help your child with anxiety:

  • Introduce Your Child to Music

Music therapists have proven that music is a great tool to help people with autism deal with anxiety. Music can help in dealing with sensory issues and behaviours. It can also increase or improve the child’s self-determination and self-reliance. Letting your child take music lessons can also improve their communication skills. Their music experiences will provide them with personal connections with the people around them. Letting them listen to music while they are working on something will surely increase their attention to what they are doing.

  • Yoga and Breathing Exercises

The sensory experience of children with autism is what makes them different from other people. Their response to new experiences is either fight or flight. They become suddenly active and they may experience some changes in the heart rate and this can start anxiety. With yoga, it would be easier for your child to learn to regulate his or her emotion. The child will learn the proper response to certain situations.

  • Art Therapy

There will be times when children with autism will channel their anxiety to some compulsive behaviour. They may show some problems communicating properly. When these behaviours become repetitive, you have to think of a way to channel these negative actions to something that can be productive. This is where art therapy comes in. Art promotes healthy ways to express oneself. With this, the child will be able to explore his or her emotions and transfer his or her energy into something beautiful.

  • Visual Schedules and Transitions

One of the problems that children with autism may experience that can lead to anxiety is transitioning. There are some activities that are not so appealing to them. With this, they will certainly have a hard time transitioning from a task they love to an activity that they find unappealing. To help with this, you can use visual presentations to make them feel interested. A photo of the next activity will help them visualize themselves doing it.

  • Know Your Child’s Signs of Distress

Another very important thing that parents should know is how to identify if their child is showing signs of anxiety. With this, you have to consider observing your kid’s daily activities and identify how their emotions change based on their situation. With this, you would know when to intervene.

  • Create a Safe Space to Calm Down or Regroup

A safe space is a contingency plan that will help you calm your child when he or she is feeling extremely anxious. You can prepare puzzles, bean bags or anything that will easily calm them down. However, you need to remember that safe spaces should not be treated as a regular option. It should only be used during extreme times.

Caring for children with autism may be difficult at times but it is completely worth it.

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Author Bio:

Curtis Dean writes on behalf of Sage Music School where they base lessons on the science and research of the psychology of learning. Their effective teaching methods create confident and capable students who enjoy the happiness of making music.

The Habits of Healthy Families

The Habits of Healthy Families

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It seems the healthiest families are the ones that lead a healthy lifestyle together. They are all involved in food and exercise choices and take care of each other. There are some habits that help towards this, and none of them are beyond the realms of possibility for any family. They might take a bit of forethought and planning, but the effort will be worth the end result.

Eating Before Hunger Sets In

If the family gets too hungry our bodies produce a hormone known as ghrelin. This is what creates the feeling of hunger and the problem is that once eating starts, it takes another 30 minutes for the hormone to get back to its normal level. In that time a family can have munched its way through so many foods and eat far more than they should. By eating at regular intervals and not letting hunger set in, they will avoid this situation and maintain healthier weights.

Being prepared for meals also helps. Knowing what everyone is having is far better than deciding at the last minute. Breakfasts, lunches and evening meals can all be organized and ready to eat, which is another way of helping to avoid hunger pangs.

20 Minutes Exercise Each Day

No matter how busy life is, healthy families find 20 minutes a day to exercise. Often the best way to do this is at home, because if travel is involved suddenly that 20 minutes can turn into an hour or more.

It does not matter what the exercise is and if it can be something that involves fun that is even better. It can be changed every day, as long as at some point every family member gets his or her 20 minutes of exercise.

Playing with a ball with the children, having a dance party or maybe playing something such as hide and seek can be brilliant ways of getting the whole family involved in the exercise, without them even realising it.

Keep Snacks Healthy

Keep snacks to healthy foods such as fruit and nuts. If whoever does the shopping does not buy the likes of biscuits and chocolates the family members will be used to not having them and so will not get the cravings that make people eat far too many sugars and carbs. The numbers of fruits and nuts to choose from are endless, and eating these types of foods does not have to be boring. Chop them into a dish with some yoghurt for a very healthy and delicious snack.

There is nothing wrong with having a treat when you are out and about, but that tends to be an occasional thing and is better than having packets of biscuits in the home to tempt everyone.

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Healthcare

It goes without saying how vital healthcare is for the well being of any family.

Most families will have a doctor that they use, but also, especially where children are concerned, some ear nose and throat care might be needed. Conditions such as tonsillitis are very common in children, which is why so many of them end up having their tonsils removed.

With older family members there could be problems with hearing or balance and then an ear nose and throat specialist is the person they will need to consult. ENT doctors will also deal with infections and allergies, which can happen to anyone no matter what age they are.

Chatting

Just spending some time chatting can be a great benefit to all the family members. It could be that this happens while the family is together for their evening meal, or that different family members have a chat at different times.

Being able to talk to their parents will encourage children to tell them of any worries or concerns they have which in turn will help to promote a better nights sleep for them.  Telling younger children a bedtime story can have the same effect.

Encouraging a Healthy Family

Healthy families tend to be happier families because they are more involved in each other’s lives and generally do not suffer from so many ailments.  Even things like a cold that works its way through a family can cause extra stress. A healthier family will be more likely to avoid the viruses and bacteria that cause such problems, and this will help to keep the stress levels lower too.

Building healthy habits is the way to achieve this aim, as then eating a healthy diet and getting the exercise they need are normal and not something that is out of the ordinary for them.


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Becoming A Full Time Carer For Your Parent – What You Need To Know

Becoming A Full Time Carer For Your Parent – What You Need To Know

You might be a busy working mom taking care of your family right now. But if your parents are aging, chances are you’re spending more and more time taking care of them too. It’s really hard to juggle the needs of your young family with the needs of your parents now they are senior citizens. And it probably feels quite peculiar that your role in the relationship is reversing. After two decades of taking care of you in your youth, you need to now care for them.

So what happens when ill health and age make your parents too frail to be independent? Are you ready and willing to do what is needed to help them? It’s a huge ask. Many people would find it too difficult at this busy time in their lives to become a full-time caregiver. Sadly, more and more of us need to step up to the challenge. Private care is so expensive now. And our parents may be very reluctant or financially unable to enter the care home system.

You may have siblings that are willing to share the care arrangements. Be wary of this, though. You’ll both have occasions when you need or want to pass the buck. This can cause friction in your relationship with your brother or sister. And if your parent finds out about the bickering, this can make the whole situation extremely awkward and unpleasant. Personal relationships within your own family can become strained too. You will sometimes be unavailable to your partner and kids as you care for your parents. Are they ready for you to become a caregiver?

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Your mental health can suffer from the stress and worry of caring. You need to make sure you can have plenty of breaks from the duties you need to undertake. There may be lots of personal care tasks to perform as time goes on. You and your parent might prefer to hire a nurse or caregiver for things like managing the toileting or bathing. Of course, there are closed system catheters that can help when things become more difficult for your parent to manage.

As well as caring for your parent, you will need to regularly check the living arrangements are suitable for everyone. Things change in such a short space of time. You might start by looking after your parent in their home. Later, it may be necessary to choose small, single story accommodation. And eventually, it may be essential that your parent is cared for around the clock. You may choose to move them into your family home.

So how do you cope with your parent in your home all day every day? It can feel crowded at first, and you will undoubtedly need a period of settling in. But there can be some advantages to this. You can make sure your parent is eating and drinking enough. You can use the quality time for some bonding. And it means your entire family can become close with them too. We usually move our parents in with us when we’re concerned about their safety. You’ll know their risks of injury will be dramatically reduced. Take care.

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