How to decrease your child’s frustration level.

When I am working with a little one….and I feel as if they are having difficulty in focusing, dealing with their frustration level, attending, transitioning, being flexible (not physically…being flexible in the task at hand), adapting to a new situation and in their overall ability to complete a presented task…….I incorporate a motor movement to help them to re-focus. 

I was working with a little one the other day…and she was very frustrated because ONE she has difficulty in understanding and processing language….and TWO she has a hard time being flexible and adapting to a presented task that she does not want to engage in.  Maybe because it is too challenging…maybe she does not want to make the attempt to focus…and maybe she just is not understanding that she has to “listen to understand”……so to help her re-focus……I give her an airplane ride on my legs….swinging her back and forth…incorporating language with the physical activity.  She was thrilled…smiling….making eye contact….laughing….asking for more.    Then we sat down on the floor and completed the original activity….and she was able to complete with minimal re-direction.  So thrilled for her!

Sometimes I use a big Yoga ball to bounce kids on….a small trampoline (the safe indoor kind with a handle)…. sometimes I wrap them up in a blanket (parent assistance and approval from child and mom)….wrap them up like a hot dog…and give her a big squeeze. I try to incorporate any motor movement to help her to re-focus….it’s fun and I have had great success using this strategy….

Have fun!

Kim

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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2 Responses to How to decrease your child’s frustration level.

  1. Virginia says:

    Thanks for posting this Kim…..It made me smile! Can’t wait to have my husband read it later!

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