Children often develop maladaptive behaviors to gain control when they feel out of control or anxious. This can be repetitive questions or worries, or repeated behaviors. These children tend to feel the world and their environment deeply, and are very sensitive to things around them.
It is important to give these children control and validation in an appropriate way. We work with children to understand how their brains can be “sticky and tricky” and how to be aware when this happens. Developing appropriate coping skills, with boundaries around the maladaptive, learned behaviors help build confidence, and control for children; limiting their anxiety.