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Monday, March 1, 2010

Stress Relief Techniques for Children With Autism


Children with autism spectrum disorder are incredibly stressed and anxious in many cases. It is important to devise stress relief techniques for children with autism. When children are relaxed they can concentrate more on their therapy and treatment. Also, if they are continually tense they will have difficulty enjoying the fun moments of childhood. Stress relief techniques for children with autism must be practiced. Parents can have children practice stress relief techniques for physical as well as emotional well- being.

Here's how to have children with autism practice relaxation:

1. Learn to recognize feelings of anxiety

One of the first steps to overcoming anxiety is to recognize that it exists. There is a book entitled I Have Feelings, Too! It is an interactive book of emotions and feelings to help children recognize how they feel. Also, there is a CD-ROM entitled Fun With Feelings that can help children identify their emotions. Finally, there are Personalized Success Stories that address the topic of feelings. All these resources are available at Different Roads to Learning http://www.difflearn.com/

2. Provide relaxing sensory input

Children with autism respond well to relaxing sensory input. This can be provided in the form of vibrating massagers since the children normally like the sensation. Also, sensory balls of various textures can be very relaxing for children with autism. Some of the types of balls available include squishy balls, string balls, fuzzy balls, slime balls and bead balls. These balls do not normally bounce. Kids think these tactile toys are very squeezable and generally fun.

3. Put on relaxing music

Pay attention to what type of music the child likes. It is beneficial to have a quiet time in which the child's favorite music is on.

4. Discuss the day in advance

One of the things that increases anxiety in children with autism is changes in routine. Also, some children have limited ability to ask questions about an upcoming event in their day. It is best if parents and therapists "go over" the day in advance, using visual schedules if possible. Visual schedules provide a pictorial of how the child's day or upcoming event will be. Children find visual schedules reassuring and it provides improved communication between parents and children, which reduces anxiety. Visuals and visual schedules may be obtained at http://www.meyer-johnson.com/.

At first it may seem hard to get into the habit of practicing the stress relieving tips for children with autism. It may seem like just another task in an already overloaded schedule. But by making it part of the child's daily life, children will receive great physical and emotional benefit.

2 comments:

  1. This blog is full of so much great information! One of my son's friends is autistic, and I know his Mom would appreciate the stuff you're writing. I'm definitely going to refer her here.

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