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How to Help an Anxious Child

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Anxiety may be triggered at different times throughout your child's life, peaking during puberty. In addition to everyday anxieties, sleep is an issue for many children suffering from anxiety. Two things that I have seen work with my own child and clients are: weighted sensory blankets melatonin Both are very simple options that offer a restful nights sleep, which in turns helps them to better manage anxiety the following day.  Anxiety disorders are generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both. Psychotherapy Psychotherapy or “talk therapy” can help people with anxiety disorders. To be effective, psychotherapy must be directed at the...

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Does your child suffer from a Social Anxiety Disorder?

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There are many labels for what we deem as "different" in our society. In my opinion, Autism is the most overused. I can't tell you how many people assume a child is Autistic because they are anxious or tune out around crowds. So how do you know when to be alarmed and when to let it ride out? People with social anxiety disorder (sometimes called “social phobia”) have a marked fear of social or performance situations in which they expect to feel embarrassed, judged, rejected, or fearful of offending others. Social anxiety disorder symptoms include: Feeling highly anxious about being...

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Anxiety: Different Levels and Remedies

Having an anxious child can be difficult for a parent. It's our job to help our children to become strong and independent. How can we accomplish this if we don't push them past their anxious moments? There is definitely time as a parent to listen to your child and realize that your "plan" for them may need to be altered.  Here is a helpful guide to distinguish the level of anxiety your child may be experiencing and some tools to implement:  Typical Anxiety: This may be caused by stress or general worry over an upcoming event. This type of anxiety...

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Are Glass Beads Good for Weighted Blankets?

Two major reason why I don't use glass beads for weighted blankets and weighted lap pads: Cost & Construction. While glass beads for weighted blankets have the benefit of being dense, they are very costly.  Glass beads tend to be 2-3x more expensive than Polypropylene pellets (poly pellets). Construction of a weighted blanket with glass beads can be a little tricky. Glass beads are similar to the consistency of sugar which means they may pass through some fabrics, as well as transfer between pockets in the blanket. Lining the fabric with a muslin/cotton and reinforcing the stitching is recommended.  Bottom...

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What Are the Best Pellets to Fill a Weighted Blanket With?

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There are a variety of fillings to choose from to use in a weighted blanket.  What is best and has the longest lasting effect? The most popular options are polypropylene (PP) pellets and glass beads.  Here are few things to consider when making your purchase: 1) Toxicity Seems like a big deal since its covering your body, right?! It's important to look for BPA-free, non-toxic polypropylene pellets. BPA exhibits toxic, endocrine, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects in living organisms...something you want to stay clear of. Consider using a virgin material to avoid toxicity. 2) Odor This can be common in recycled plastic due to the additives...

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