Imagine a 1st grader girl who wears the exact same outfit (short, underwear and shirt, never socks) everyday for over 4 months, refusing all other clothes in her closet. Her mother washing the outfit every evening until the clothes are becoming threadbare and the morning routine for this family is fraught with heightened emotions, tears and tension.
Imagine a 3rd grade boy who several months post strep throat has not/will not resume swallowing or easting solid food and is unable to take his medication for ADHD and anxiety and has lost 30 pounds.
Imagine a 9 year old boy, a bright child from a solid home, who gets expelled from his private elementary school for a series of behaviors including hitting a teacher and throwing a book at a classmate.
Imagine a girl who likes her clothing so tight that she wears up to 7 shirts and pulls her shoelaces and belts so tight that her parents have concerns about potential internal injury.
Since I've learned all the strategies and the ways to manage my stress I've been more productive. The strategies to notice my feelings, and share them with others - to let other people know what I'm feeling, and how my day's been going, how other people made me sad, mad, or uncomfortable and how to help me has made a big difference.
Kaz, age 14