Helping the Anxious and Sensitive Child in the Classroom

December 19, 2014 7:00 PM

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Imagine that you are floating in an ocean. The water is cold, almost freezing. Because you've been here before, you know that somewhere close by there is a warm spot. You navigate to that spot. Once there, you feel more than a sense of relief. You feel whole again, as if you had been made up of tiny, fragile pieces. You can breathe, but you know that you will need to leave the warm spot very soon. So you wait and hope the warmth you feel now, will be enough to last for the rest of the day.

This feeling of trying to get to the warm spot in the ocean is how many of our children feel when it comes to negotiating the long day at school. For those who suffer from anxiety or an acute sensitivity to their environment, the lights are brighter, voices of their classmates are louder, even threa...

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