For many children and young people with autism, anxiety is a huge problem. Looking at strategies to reduce their anxiety levels can be key to helping them to both feel happy and manage their behaviour both at home and at school.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing more strategies with you.
Reducing anxiety isn’t a one size fits all approach, so remember you may need to try a few to find the right one for your child. And also that what works now may need changing and adapting as time goes on.
Teaching them to allocate their worries to a particular person can help the pile of worries that often accumulate to feel smaller and more manageable.
Young people worry about a range of things, from small things like how much traffic there will be on the way home from school, to things on a world scale like whether a war will break out because of an article they have seen on the news. The point of this task is to help them to understand that some of the things they worry about are their worries. Others are worries that actually belong to others.
By identifying hose things they have control of, young people can begin to see that others are already taking care of some of the worries going around their head.
Freeing up space in their mind and helping them to realise that lots of things they have previously worried about are less frightening than they previously were.
Wondering how to introduce the idea to your child or young people you work with? Why not watch the one minute trailer below – it will not only break the process down for you, but is a great way to demonstrate it to young people.
If you join our tribe at the bottom we’ll even send you your very own template to get you started right away.
If you do want to learn more you might find our autism section a useful place to start. It’s full of different strategies to try out.
Our online autism courses are also a great place to learn more.
Or why not join our private Facebook Group, which brings parents and teachers of children on the spectrum together to discuss strategies to help at home and at school.
And of course if I can be of any help then please just shout (or drop me an email).