Anxiety in autism can wreak havoc on functioning. It can be challenging under the best of circumstances, but downright nightmarish for someone who cannot use language. Although we still have a long way to go, the role of anxiety in autism is increasingly being recognized and therapies have been developed or adapted to meet this need. I offer six steps to address anxiety for nonverbal people with autism. Modify the specifics to match the age, developmental level, and preferences of the person you are supporting.
As a speech/language pathologist, I became aware of the many opportunities to enhance a child’s speech/language skills through the practice of yoga. Children can actively learn directional terms such as “in front/in back, next to, top/back, middle, right and left”. Social language skills are enhanced by introductions/comments during icebreaker activities and partner poses. Mindful listening games promote auditory awareness, discrimination and joint attention. Children improve body awareness and imitation skills while moving into different postures. They also increase awareness of the different parts of their body.
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But how does this happen? How do individuals learn to manage their own behaviors when professionals often can’t even do it?
The answer lies in a skill known as Self-Regulation.
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Have you heard the term Social Emotional Learning, or SEL recently and thought, what is social emotional learning and why does it matter?
Social Emotional Learning, or SEL, is the process by which children and adults learn to build relationships, identify and manage their own emotions, learn empathy and how to take the perspective of others, and to make good choices in their daily lives. But SEL is more than just learning the skills of social behavior, i.e. the “what”; it is also about learning the “why” of these behaviors. How we teach students becomes just as important as what we teach.
In this blog post, we will discuss experiences with SEL, SEL and Children, SEL and Adults, and why this is such an important topic. As an added bonus, we will be including books and activities that will assist you in implementing social emotional learning in the classroom.
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When children experience high levels of stress and anxiety, it can lead to a number of unwanted outcomes, including explosive behavior.
High levels of stress and big emotions related to poor social negotiation skills, difficult educational demands, upsetting sensory issues, and general frustration are more common than you might think.
According to the 2018 Data and Statistics on Children's Mental Health by the Center for Disease Control, anxiety is still one of the most frequent of all mental disorders in children.