After yesterday’s post, I’ll admit, I’m not sure how to follow up and I have a little writers block. That and I’m tired. It’s been a long week of I crochet so I don’t choke people save a life send yarn shirt and now it’s time to relax. How do my little busybodies relax when they are almost always in constant motion? How do I get them to calm down when they are getting completely out of hand? If they are stressed out what are some of our coping mechanisms? So here for the letter R is a short list of what kind of Relaxation techniques we use in our house.
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Breathing techniques- This one is tried and true but very effective. When I was younger and prone to anxiety attacks, breathing techniques were ultimately what pulled me back from the edge. The simple act of deep, measured breathing and focusing on the I crochet so I don’t choke people save a life send yarn shirt of your breath seems to make stress melt away. I have taught Tori this one and Eli must have been listening. Yesterday when she got upset and was on a crying jag, sobbing so hard she could barely talk, her brother came over to her and patted her and said, “Breathe in and out, Sissy. Breathe in and out
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Water- Water holds so many healing and soothing properties for kids with autism. From the gentle sound of water running to the gentle hydrostatic pressure they feel as it holds them when they are swimming, water is one of our go to calming sources. When Eli was younger most of you remember that he would often vomit when he was having a meltdown. He would get so worked up that he would hyperventilate and choke on his own saliva and throw up soon afterwards. We found that sometimes if we got him to a sink before he got too worked up, that running his hands in the cool water under the I crochet so I don’t choke people save a life send yarn shirt the point where his meltdown completely dissipated and he was able to control his breathing enough to avoid vomiting.