This section (and the next section, Angry), are all to do with a part of your child's brain that is triggered, and gives them 'butterflies' and nervous feelings.
That butterflies feeling comes from chemicals the brain releases when a threat is thought to be looming. That threat might be real, or it might just be in your child's mind, but if they are feeling anxious, then their brain has responded to something they think is 'real'.
The threat can include your child thinking they are:
The key word is hurt.
Your child can be physically hurt or mentally hurt - both hurt!
Your child's brain has a very important job, and that is to stop your child getting hurt.
That shot of chemicals is their brain's way of helping them. The butterflies feeling isn't actually very pleasant, it makes them feel edgy. What it is actually doing is sending blood to their fists to make them fight harder or the big muscles in their legs to make them run faster - that's why it is often called 'fight or flight'. It is a very primitive brain reflex, and with CVI we know for some children with a lot of difficulties, it can be being triggered much of the time.
That's what is happening when they feel nervous or anxious, a chain of events and chemical reactions is going on in their mind affecting their whole body - the good news is there is a lot you can do to help:
Both you and your child will be empowered by understanding a little more about this process.
An approach to help calm nerves and reduce the anxious feeling, is to give the brain something else to do. Something simple, calming and enjoyable - what does your child like to do like that? Maybe colouring or drawing, or a walk somewhere calm and open like the countryside or a beach.
Anything that means that a fight or flight reflex is regularly activated, as is the case here, can leave your child feeling physically very tired, possibly a bit lethargic. They then need rest and sleep.
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