The Three R’s of Anxiety Management By Sushi Frausto, M.A. Occasionally a child’s fear gets so big it’s difficult to manage in the moment. This can be tough for the child and parents. When this happens, the child may experience tummy aches, a racing heartbeat, headaches, intrusive thoughts, hyperventilation, dizziness or other debilitating symptoms
How to Support an Anxious Child By Sushi Frausto, M.A. We all feel anxious sometimes. It is normal and can be a helpful part of life. But, for some kids, anxiety grows to a point where it is no longer helpful. Their anxiety takes over and keeps them from experiencing a fulfilling and enjoyable childhood.
It Takes Two to Tango Co-regulate By Sushi Frausto, M.A. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT#101031) We hear the word self-regulation a lot these days, but what does it mean? Self-regulation is the process during which we manage our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order in to meet our needs. It involves managing one’s
Art as a Way to Advance Higher Order Thinking Skills By Sushi Frausto, LMFT Participating in artistic processes builds skills that can lead to success in many areas of our lives. Being creative requires our brain to use higher order thinking skills. Higher order thinking refers to complex thinking that requires numerous cognitive processes to
Art as Language: Enriching Communication Through Art By Sushi Frausto, LMFT To say art is a language is, in reality, a bit misleading. Art is a process of communication that includes language but moves beyond the grammatical and linguistic limits of language. Art is an overarching term often commonly used for all expressive and creative
Art as a Tool for Self-Regulation By Sushi Frausto, LMFT Self-regulation is a person’s ability to adjust, control and manage themselves in a given situation. Self-regulation includes: Being self-aware of what is going on within yourself Modulating one’s emotional & physical reactions Adjusting to the situation Using one’s cognitive abilities to meet the task at
GRATITUDE PAPER CHAINS Create a Gratitude Chain with your family. Use colored paper and pre-write a gratitude prompt on each link. Then, tape the links together and hang the chain. Each day, remove one link – maybe during a family dinner – and everyone can answer that prompt. Some prompt ideas: Name a food, game, friend, trip,