- Taking space- the number one coping skill for kids who become easily overwhelmed and react aggressively. Teaching your child to recognize when he or she needs to walk away and defuse is an invaluable skill that will have life long benefits.
- Creative Visualization- take note of places and experiences that bring your child joy. During times of stress talk to your child in detail about these places and, over time ask her to visualize these experiences on her own. This skill teaches decompression and mood stabilization.
- Role Playing and Social Stories- these skills teach your child what to expect in different environments and situations. Anticipating potential stressors and having your child play their way through them before they actually happen can decrease their stress when the actual event takes place.
- Deep Breathing- in my opinion the most effective skill that we can teach. Deep breathing calms the body, clears the mind and allows us to face anxiety more effectively. It is difficult for children and adults with PWS to breathe deeply so games can be used to teach this skill. Blowing bubbles, blowing up balloons, etc... are good ways of ensuring that your child is taking a good, deep breath.
There are many skills that teach children how to calm themselves down but the key is to pick ones that work and practice them everyday.
We'd love to hear about some of the skills that you have found to be effective.
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