|STOP||As soon as a child starts to feel uncomfortable, he or she is to|
STOP and identify the physiological signs
Shaking, stomachache, sweating, dizziness, nausea or just feeling yucky
Identify the feelings
Shaking (or whatever sign) means that the worry feeling is starting
|THINK||THINK positive self-talk|
'I can use my good brains and my tricks to beat the worry feeling'
Self-talk may be enough to feel better, or move on to
|DO||Choose anti-worry tricks to DO|
Squeeze something tightly in your hands and toes in your shoes; let go slowly
Find something around you and stare intently at it, silently describing it in detail
'Deep breathing' trick
'Go and do something else you like' trick
If a trick doesn't work first, keep practicing or THINK of another one!
Adults remind child to use tricks rather than trying to offer emotional reassurance