Good Morning 🙂
Since last Tuesday Chloe’s anxiety has been high. How do I know? Chloe shows several signs that let’s me know she is feeling anxiety.
She has crying spells. Not wailing, but pitiful crying that breaks your heart. She scripts the same phrase over and over. Her tics pick up and she has new ones added on. She licks her lips raw and rolls her eyes a lot. She dazes out more and asks for TV more often. I still regulate her TV by spreading it out. She throws more tantrums and occasionally hits me. She NEVER hits me! She doesn’t hit me hard, but the act of it breaks my heart. She actually hugs me after😢
So what do I do during these episodes? It is so hard not having therapy right now. I just try to provide extra sensory input for her. During these times she presses against me and squeezes my arms, letting me know she needs input. I play soft music throughout the day. I have her take deep breaths. I make sure she gets outside. Yesterday we went outside and she dazed out and started ticking so bad!! I tried to get her to go in the house, there were a lot of people outside staring, but she refused and started hitting me.
I try my best to get her to communicate what is wrong, but she can’t. How do I help her if she can’t tell me what is wrong? I just feel helpless☹
So I comfort her the best I can until she feels better. I do not force school on her. I really hope this is over soon. I am thankful she is sleeping. She has only gotten up one night so far. It is one of the worst feelings when you can’t help your child. I know I help by loving her and doing what I can to comfort her. I just HATE this part of Autism. To know she is so upset inside, but can’t tell me why.
How do you help your child with anxiety?