Written by Deb Hopper occupational therapist & author
Navigating through the day as a child can be an exhilarating, yet daunting process. There is the fun and joy of play, friends and family. There is also the challenge of meeting new people, the social challenges of interaction with play, the environmental challenge of coping with noise, lights and movement at preschool or school or at the supermarkets. Just as adults, if the challenges outweigh our capacity, children can experience stress and overwhelm.
The signs of overwhelm are exhibited differently between different children but may include:
needing to take control of situations that may be seen as being bossy or dominant in play
meltdowns and crying
‘behavioural’ issues, whining, clinginess or oppositional behaviour.