Air raid sirens can be stressful for both adults and children. Children usually react differently. This is due to the peculiarities of the child’s psyche.
As part of the All-Ukrainian Mental Health Program “How are you?”, Olena Zelenska initiated to develop recommendations on how to calm a child and provide him or her with the necessary support.
First, you must develop the skill of substitution. If the siren goes off and the child is scared, crying, or hiding somewhere, redirect the child’s attention to performing a specific action.
For example, ask them to run up to you and give you a big hug. The child’s fear and anxiety are replaced with warmth and tenderness. Next, offer to watch a cartoon, read a book, or play with a favorite toy.
Repeat this exercise every time you need to calm your child.