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Teresa Welsh

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Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 4:00 pm

Does your child worry about going to the store?

Does your child need to know the family's daily schedule?

Then one of the temperaments you need to know about is anxiety. This temperament is found in someone who worries about what comes next. It really gets to the point that everything in their life gives them a panic attack because they are always worrying about what comes next.

Some of the tips I give parents is to tell their child what the day is going to be like for them, such as they will be dropped off at school, they have art and music, that they will be picked up at 3 p.m., football practice starts at 5 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. they will eat, and after that it's bed time.

Depending on the age of the child I would have visual aids so they can see a schedule or put a calendar on the wall for them to see each day.

Fears are something we must all face, avoiding them only makes them worse.

If your child has a fear of weather, I would look at the weather station to see what the week is going to be like and make your own report on a calendar so your child can see when it is going to rain.

Second, I would research the weather with that child to explain why we need rain. Fear of animals sometimes need to be addressed by actually knowing about cows and how they are sacred in other religions, and we need milk to grow strong. Then go to a farm so the child can pet the animal and see how there is nothing to be afraid of.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is when you have unwanted thoughts or behavior you find impossible to stop or control.

You have to wash your hands over and over or always count the cracks on the floor, worrying that you forgot to turn off the oven. A person needs to find different methods of controlling the negative thoughts that brings on anxiety.

Behavior coaches can help parents in their homes and schools with these issues and provide some positive techniques that will set these kids up for success. Dealing with this temperament can be challenging to parents and teachers.

• Teresa Welsh is the behavior coach to Independence Behavioral Coaching LLC, formed to help parents and teachers manage difficult behaviors in children. Reach her at (602) 531-0230 or

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