I want to discuss something that is near and dear to my heart.
For the longest time I have experienced severe anxiety but have just realized that this is what it was. I used to look at other people, sometimes even students of mine and wonder, “Why don’t’ they just get over it?” or “If they just realize that everything will be ok and have hope they will be fine”.
This was all until I realized what was crippling me all this time, making it hard to face new things, make decisions, even get out of bed sometimes was an anxiety disorder. That was when I realized how debilitating anxiety can be and how no matter how much hope one can have that things will be ok, the lack of control of the present can cause one to spiral into despair.
Anxiety can murder your creativity, suffocate your productivity, and violate your hopes and dreams or worse ultimately take away your life.
I’m speaking to everyone reading this blog.
If you as a parent or your child is experiencing symptoms of anxiety it is important to take it seriously. You may want to focus first on what anxiety looks like, how it manifests, engage in stories or accounts of those who experience this disorder so that you yourself can understand.
That step is important to what you do next.
The next step is determining the appropriate treatment. That may be a lot easier when you partner up with a psychologist or psychiatrist…I know I may have lost some people here but hear me out. These DOCTORS treat mental health just like your PCP (primary care physician) treats your body.
Both are extremely important because being mentally unhealthy can often lead to physical ailment.
I have found it helpful to focus on the positive things in my life and all the things going right. As a Christian, I pray and try to exercise trust that everything is in God’s hands. I’m reading publications that show me how to redirect my anxiety into something more positive.
Below are some good resources, if you are interested. But most importantly coming to terms with this in your own life or your child’s life, and finding a personalized plan of care for you or your child.
I hope this blog can help at least one person facing this real and pressing issue.
Happy New Year from all of us at The Therapy Connection!
Christmas may be over and you may be already sick of stepping on Barbie shoes and Legos; kicking yourself for giving yourself one more thing to cleanup and one more distraction from homework now that school is back in session.
We just want to give our kids the best especially during the Christmas season but sometime we can get carried away when it comes to the ones we love. I know I can. Who else if not them though, right? Not to worry! It’s a new year and a second chance.
Once those bank accounts recover, why not give these little learners something that can keep those noggins growing and those gears turning. Where might you find these creative strokes of genius, you may be wondering? Well, I have taken the time to make this job easier.
Here is a brief review of the latest and greatest educational toys and games…you’re welcome!
This next toy speaks for itself.
The LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing System helps with beginning reading as well as comprehension and provides your child with the ability to do these tasks independently. This system helps kids with listening skills as well as reading and writing. It is a great way to improve receptive and expressive language skills. It is especially helpful for busy parents who still want to help their children become better readers. Recommended for ages 4-8 years but once again I personally feel you can never start too early.
LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing System: Ages 4 - 8 years old.
Written by: Lauren B.
Parents, I’m talking to you right now, if you listen to nothing else that I say listen to this…your role is very important in your child’s progress. You can’t just leave it up to the clinician. Believe me, I understand that your schedule has got to be hectic, I don’t even have children yet and I can’t find time to put a comb through my hair sometimes but even 5 minutes a day for up to 3 times a week of reinforcement can make all the difference.
And dads, yes I’m talking to you now especially, I know most times it seems a little intimidating but “You Can Do It!” (in my Rob Schneider voice…you know, the guy from the movie The Water Boy? Nevermind, it’s not important. But you’re help certainly is) And…if you don’t know just ask. Our job is to help you understand what your child’s weaknesses are and what he/she needs so if there is something you want to know…were at your service.
*Takes a bow*
So, for all of those parents out there who are flying in and saving the day…Thank you! And for all of the parents that who are just learning about their super power…its not too late! You can still be you’re child’s superhero.
Lauren Bryant M.S., CCC-SLP
The Therapy Connection LLC