What We’re Listening To
Does it ever feel like there is just too much going on around you, your house is too noisy, or you feel a sense of internal chaos? Or maybe all of the above? Parents everywhere are constantly being bombarded with sensory stimuli which outpace their ability to process or cope with it. What can you do to combat overstimulation & sensory overload?
Happy as a Mother‘s Erica Djossa and Larissa Geleris, an occupational therapist and mother of two with extensive experience and training in Sensory Processing Disorder, use their experience to support parents in understanding their own sensory triggers. She’s going to help us understand our own sensory sensitivities and how to cope with them in parenting.
What you will learn:
- General Info About Sensory Processing Disorder
- People Have Different Triggers
- Noise Is Triggering
- Coping With Overstimulation In The Moment
- Bubble Wrap Ways To Manage Overstimulation
Workbook We Heard About
Do you worry that your child struggles with anxiety? Maybe your child has always been a worrier or this new school year has your child feeling stressed. Maybe you have struggled with anxiety yourself and are not sure how you can best help your child.“What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What-to-Do Guides for Kids)” by Dawn Huebner comes highly recommended among mental health practitioners who work with children.
An excerpt: Children who worry too much are held captive by their fears. They go to great lengths to avoid frightening situations, and ask the same anxiety-based questions over and over again. Yet the answers give them virtually no relief. Parents and caregivers find themselves spending huge amounts of time reassuring, coaxing, accommodating, and doing whatever else they can think of to minimize their child’s distress.
But it doesn’t work. The anxiety remains in control. As you have undoubtedly discovered, simply telling an anxious child to stop worrying doesn’t” help at all. Nor does applying adult logic, or allowing your child to avoid feared situations, or offering reassurance every time the fears are expressed. (Get your copy)
Quote We Loved for Autumn
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and being alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You have to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes too near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself that you tasted as many as you could.” ― Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum (NPR)
This Week’s Article
Overall Wellness – A Life Hack for Happiness
When will you get the time for self-care? It’s not easy to be happy most of the time, but there are some tips that we can apply to make us happier. Here are ways you can change your life to make your days just a bit more joyful.
Helper of the Week
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Much love to you and your family,
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