When working with children with worries, especially Selective Mutism, behaviours are just the tip of the iceberg! To support lasting behaviour change we need to help our children with what’s going on underneath the surface. We also need to help our children plan how they are going to tackle their worries in a way that is “a just right challenge” this means using small steps, acknowledging fears and doing ‘with’ not ‘for’. This ensures that instead of enabling avoidance (which makes anxiety and behaviours worse) we are able to encourage engagement and success at that “just right” level.
Resharing this post that captures the reality of anxiety beautifully from Hampshire CAMHS Innovations and Events.
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