999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD
An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!
Discreet, easy gentle massage and acupressure to use anytime!
We are going through so much at the moment as a global community coming through the pandemic and more recently our young people have been really sorely tested. Not only have a large percentage of them had to sit exams when they have missed out on so much of their learning, but they are also continually transitioning through endlessly changing and often confusing rules and regulations around coming out of lockdown.
This has had the highest impact on those who are autistic, have ADHD or who are neurodiverse. Waiting lists to even GET a diagnosis now delayed by 3-5 years due to Covid (I know maths is not my strong point, but I thought Covid had lasted 16 months so far …?). Many parents have just given up and are not even attempting to fight go diagnoses and EHCP’s which is saddening and shocking.
So, what can we do to help them (and ourselves) in the meantime? Well in this week’s YouTube video I share very discreet, easy peasy, gentle self-massage and acupressure for those times when we feel ourselves building up, getting frustrated or angry, not being able to concentrate or function clearly or feel like we cannot cope. They can all be self-administered so there are no touch issues to worry about.
These tips can be shared on a friends and family basis family but also in therapy or zoom sessions (if you are qualified) where you can invite the kids to mirror you. It is way more self-empowering anyway and encourages the kids to develop awareness of when things are becoming too much, have the tools to use when that overwhelm starts to build and to be able to self-manage and self-regulate.
It is all super discreet and can be used anytime and anyplace. These 999 techniques will bring immediate calm, grounding, clarity of thought and focus. So have a good week everyone and try not to worry too much if you can as we try to emerge from lockdown and this very strange academic year comes to a close. Just be fantastic you, with lots of tools at your disposal to take charge of your own mental health!
Take good care, Lots of love everyone, Giuliana
Author, multi award winning therapist, Children’s University.