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“She is really anxious around people.”

Every time Lucy had a procedure, a visit, or a change in her environment, she would become upset. On this day, she sat alone in her room under her blankets.  I decided to use sensory experiences to support her comfort level.  I transformed her large view of the unknown, out of her control environment into a subtle, softer, more within her reachability space.

I took the flashlight that was next to her bed (typically used by the doctors) and started to explore the surroundings. I created a pattern where I would move the light slowly to a spot, stop, and then move it away. Lucy smiled following the light with her eyes as the patterns continued, and she could anticipate the movement of the light.

I shifted the light from outside exploration to our bodies. I shined the light directly on Lucy’s arms and feet, and then on mine. Then, I put the light down, and we continued to create ideas and move together. By acknowledging Lucy’s need for control I gave her awareness of her natural, (what I call) “Super power” this time, of Vision. With this “super power,” she could use her eyes to look around, to explore, and to anticipate who was around her and what was happening. We continued to use this as a tool in other interactions. She then became more comfortable with moments she could not control.

Do you know a child who could use a superpower transformation? Everyday I work with children of all ages and their families in my inviting, tranquil setting to help them improve their lives. Email me at therapy@drloribaudino.com or call me at (310) 966-0700 to schedule your time.

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