Relaxation Techniques

Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness

Licensed Clinical Psychologist located in Midtown, Atlanta, GA

If your child is struggling with stress or anxious thoughts, relaxation techniques are a drug-free solution to promote relaxation and may increase their attention. At Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness, licensed pediatric psychologist Jennifer Poulos, Psy.D and her skilled team, teach children mindfulness and other relaxation techniques to boost psychological wellness. Contact the office, which is conveniently located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, to explore the benefits of relaxation techniques for your child.

Relaxation Techniques Q & A

What are the benefits of relaxation techniques?

Relaxation techniques at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness teach your child mindfulness. Providing mindfulness instruction at an early age helps to promote your child’s psychological well-being.

Using relaxation techniques to instill mindfulness helps your child to:

  • Pay better attention
  • Control distractions
  • Remain calm under stress
  • Learn more
  • Listen better
  • Be more patient
  • Get along better with others

These techniques also may prevent your child from getting overly upset and promote their overall happiness. 

What do relaxation techniques treat?

Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness offers relaxation techniques to treat conditions such as ADHD and anxiety. Depending on your child, your provider recommends these techniques, along with other behavioral therapies, including:

  • Modeling 
  • Role-playing
  • Play therapy

They also may suggest gradually desensitizing your child to the specific experiences or events that provoke their condition.

What are the steps to increase mindfulness in children?

Your provider at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness helps your child learn mindfulness with a relaxation technique called focused breathing. To learn focused breathing, your provider begins by asking your child to sit comfortably and focus their attention on their breath. As your child inhales and exhales, they’re asked to focus on their breathing and thoughts that may arise during the exercise.

Your provider gently reminds your child to notice when their attention has wandered. This reminder allows your child to train his or her attention. Your provider may suggest your child try to do this for a set time, such as 5 minutes.

What are other relaxation techniques for my child?

Guided imagery is another relaxation technique. During this exercise, your Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness provider suggests your child conjure up a safe place or setting in their head that brings feelings of contentment and joy. Your child then holds the image in their mind and pictures all the sights and sounds. Getting as descriptive as possible about this safe place helps your child to feel “in the moment,” promoting relaxation.

If your child is struggling with ADHD, anxiety, or stress, consider the benefits of relaxation techniques to promote mindfulness and increase attention. Call Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness today or book a consultation online to learn more.