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How to Manage Your Autistic Child’s Stress

Children get stressed and it’s important to realise its natural and part and parcel of growing up. However, how we help them deal with stress can really define us and can be a big positive – so here are some tips on how to help them manage anxiety.

 

1) Let Kids Know That Facing Fear Is Important

It’s only natural to try and avoid situations that we’re afraid of. This can become a problem when a child grows anxious and avoids the source of that emotion. The anxiety simply grows over time. A child needs to be taught that facing his or her fears is the natural and healthy way to reduce that anxiety. The body has its own internal system for dealing with anxiety and restoring a healthy sense of calm. In most cases, remaining in contact with the source of your anxiety will lead to lessened feelings of anxiety after 20 to 45 minutes. (Read Lessons from a Toddler and Facing Fears Without Pushing Your Child Over the Edge to learn more about facing fears.)

 

2) Teach Kids That Perfection Isn’t Mandatory

As parents, it’s only natural for us to want our children to do well in every sort of performance situation: academic work, sports, and more. It’s important not to rob kids of the opportunity to be kids! Letting a child know that a score of 85 on a test is not acceptable is sending him or her the wrong message. It’s important for kids to strive and to teach them to work hard. You also need to be prepared to accept imperfections and mistakes as your children learn these lessons. (Learn more on the importance of accepting imperfection in this blog post titled “Eyes of the Tornado”.)

 

3) Keep Your Focus Positive

When children get stressed out or anxious, they’re vulnerable to falling into a negative spiral of self-criticism. A tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive can cause your kids to get anxious about future challenges. Get your child to concentrate on the positive side of things by setting a good example and drawing their attention to positive attributes and the up sides of the situations they encounter. (Read more in “Embracing the Worst” by clicking here.)

 

4) Make Time For Relaxation

Just like adults, kids need less-structured time to decompress and relax. Be careful with scheduling activities where a drive to succeed can eclipse having fun, like sporting events. Your child needs time set aside for playing with no higher purpose besides having fun. Make space in your kid’s schedule for playing with toys, engaging in non-competitive sports, playing games, creating, or simply being silly. A relaxing space can really help with relaxing children. A room where lights are low and that has relaxing sounds can be a benefit. Water features for the home may also provide that trickling and relaxing sound that can help children relax and let go.

 

5) Set A Good Example When It Comes To Self-Care And Behavior

Your children are going to emulate the behaviour you model for them. If you avoid excess anxiety and deal with stress in healthy ways, your child will learn to do the same. Make sure you schedule enough time to take care of yourself; this way your children will understand the importance of self-care in their lives. If you maintain a positive outlook and consistently look for the positive way to think about a given situation, your child will do the same. Parents are their children’s foremost role models. That means it’s important to take care of your own psychological health to raise your children healthy.

 

6) Bravery Should Be Rewarded

When your child takes a stand against his or her fears, deliver positive reinforcement by rewarding this behavior. You can use either tangible (stickers, treats) or intangible (hugs, praise) rewards. Make the motivational aspect of the reward clear from the outset. Rewarding well-defined positive behaviors will inspire your child to engage in them over and over.

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5 Interesting Facts About Autism

Autism is a mental condition that develops from early childhood. A child with autism disorder has to endure difficulty in communicating. There are some symptoms of Autism:

- A learning disability

- Genetic disorder

- Sleep dysfunction

- Seizure disorder

- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

- Generalized Anxiety Disorder

- Depression

- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder . . . → Read More: 5 Interesting Facts About Autism

Autism Approval: Medical Marijuana

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SAN DIEGO, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC PINK: MJNA), the first publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, subsidiary HempMeds® Brasil today announced that the Brazilian government approved a prescription for the Company’s cannabidiol (CBD) oil product Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ (RSHO™) to treat a patient in the country . . . → Read More: Autism Approval: Medical Marijuana

Hospitalized Children: How to Keep Your Child Positive and Busy During a Stay at the Hospital

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Playing is an important part of every child’s life. It’s a social activity that teaches them to understand the world and the people in their life. Often they pretend to be grown up while they are playing, and they act out scenes they have witnessed in everyday life. Playing and pretending to promote social . . . → Read More: Hospitalized Children: How to Keep Your Child Positive and Busy During a Stay at the Hospital

5 Reasons that will Make Pediatricians Prefer Live CME Conferences

It is important for the pediatricians to complete the CME (Continuing Medical Education) pediatric courses to maintain the licensure. In fact, most of the states demand CME for board certification. Pediatricians who want to gain CME credit can go either for online education or for live conferences. .

With the . . . → Read More: 5 Reasons that will Make Pediatricians Prefer Live CME Conferences

AUTISTIC CHILDREN HELP COMPANY DESIGN FIRST SENSORY ONESIE

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(Press Release) A Northumberland company is following in the footsteps of M&S by creating clothing suitable for children on the autism spectrum.

Last year the High Street giant worked with the National Autistic Society to produce an “Easy Dressing” school uniform.

Now the charity has teamed up with The All-in-One Company of . . . → Read More: AUTISTIC CHILDREN HELP COMPANY DESIGN FIRST SENSORY ONESIE

What Pediatricians can Know by Joining MAPS Pediatric Courses

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has affected a large population of children in America and other countries. Pediatricians are faced with the job of providing proper treatment and care to such children to help them cope up with their challenges and thrive. To offer quality care and treatment to autistic children, pediatricians need to equip themselves . . . → Read More: What Pediatricians can Know by Joining MAPS Pediatric Courses

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