How to Help Children with Depression and Anxiety Stay Calm

How to Help Children with Depression and Anxiety Stay Calm

How to Help Children with Depression and Anxiety Stay Calm By Candice Shaffer of Una Residences, The XI, One Dalton, The Astor, and EVGB Though we often hear about the many mental health issues affecting the adult population, the mental health needs of children often go overlooked. Unfortunately, largely ignoring the problem has only exacerbated it for decades. In fact, according to research conducted by Wolters Kluwer Health found that one in 20 children is now struggling with either depression or anxiety. Even more dire, researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have found that depressed children are six times as likely as their peers to…
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How to Create a Calming Space for Your Autistic Child

How to Create a Calming Space for Your Autistic Child

Doll children background design with colourful letters spelling out Autism We all need a space to call out own, and that includes autistic children.  Every child is different but learning their sensory needs will help you create a perfect space.  No matter their sensory need, they can extremely benefit from a calming space to go relax and cool down in. We have one for each child in our house (well, the teen just has her room. But that makes her happy).  One of our spaces is an open closet transformed into a calming room, with calm lights, sensory tools, a…
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What is a Weighted Blanket – Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, & Insomnia!

What is a Weighted Blanket – Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, & Insomnia!

Weighted blankets, vests, and other similar devices are spread throughout our home.  Having three children with autism, sleep apnea, anxiety, ADHD diagnosis, these tools are priceless!  Soon after their diagnosis, I started hearing about deep pressure devices.  I began asking "what is a weighted blanket?" and "what are the benefits of a weighted blanket?" Our first deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS) device was a weighted compression vest for our son.  The compression combined with the weights gave him the equivalent of a big hug the entire time he wore it!  It was great when he would wear it.  The problem was,…
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