My son is 3 and already diagnosed through ECI with severe anixety.. I wouldn't think to medicate at this age at ALL.. he has trouble talking to other kids but is very much getting better at that and it makes me so proud :) the area I am wondering about is this... we have many times gone to my niece's school functions and plays and arts and academic expo's and he has a very hard time with the level of noise and chaos of all the kids and parents and like last night, got VERY upset in uncontrollable tears.. not a fit or tantrum, just a very emotional breakdown - my mom ended up holding him and I requested trying a different approach and wanted to show him around and get down to his level and hopefully get him to shut out that chaos and noise and focus more.. we both ( My mom and I ) Have anxiety also, but her's is extreme enough to be unable to work and I am functioning - she thought that my idea would just be torturing to him so we did end up leaving since I couldn't get his attention focused and he kept asking for her to hold him - what are your thoughts.. he does have some minor sensory issues so I know this could have added to it, but is it wrong to want to introduce this like I wanted to?
I think next time I would try to find a quieter less crowded area away from the main crowd to start and gradually work your way in...maybe take it just a step further each outing. I think I would back off when it got to be too much for him, and I would comfort and remove him from the situation...maybe go out in a hall and let him calm down and then ask him if he wants to try again. You might do well keeping to the edges near exists too until he feels more comfortable and confident. I don't like being in the middle of a big crowd and I'm a tall adult, so I'm thinking from a 3 year olds perspective it might be really scary. I think you should keep reintroducing, but also cut it short when it's too much. I think if you force it when he's already worked up it may be harder to get him to try the next time. Also keep in mind he may never be a "crowd" person, and that is ok as long as he can cope with it when necessary.
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