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Blog #2: October 1, 2023

Is it Anxiety or Excitement? 

 When we feel excited about something, like riding a roller coaster, or buying a new bike, we get big bodily sensations. Our heart beats faster, palms get sweaty, laser like focus, feel jumpy or restless, speak faster or louder, get butterflies in our stomach, which are all similar bodily sensations with anxiety.

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Blog #1: February 3, 2023

What if Anxiety was your friend? 

What if Anxiety was your friend? An over-protective, sometimes annoying, but well-meaning friend, constantly trying to warn you of dangers and protect you from harm. 

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This is a page with resources designed for parent/guardians to help support their children/youth 


Self-regulation is a difficult skill for anyone, especially children and youth. Children learn the skill of self-regulation through co-regulation with a trusted adult, such as parent/guardian. Self-regulation is a skill, just like learning to ride a bike and young people need support and practice in learning this skill. Co-regulation is best practiced regularly, for at least 5 minutes a day of uninterrupted time with parent/guardian.  

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Smooth Transitions 

How to hold boundaries while transitioning from a choice to non-choice activity.

 Background information: 

Providing choice activities for children is important for their sense of control and autonomy, but sometimes you need to direct them to an activity that is not a choice, such as sleep time, or going to school. 

 Here are some general reminders and a step-by-step guide for holding the boundary while transitioning from one activity to the next. 

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Social Stories for Anxiety 

Social stories can help with:

  • New experiences – first day of School, going on an airplane. 

  • Transitions – moving from one activity or environment to the next.

  • Social skills – sharing, taking turns, resolving conflicts.

  • Learning routines – bedtime routine, morning routine.

  • Setting expectations for behavior – visiting the library, road trips.

  • Specific behavioral issues – spitting, hitting, name-calling.

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