Often our neurodiverse little super-humans are super charged with some big emotions, which makes a lot of sense in the context.
The more we can talk about and name our and our kid’s emotions, the more they learn what they are and can feel like.
If kids only know happy, sad and angry this can be confusing and frustrating. Our kid's behaviour doesn’t always indicate how they’re feeling, anger may be frustration, annoyance, fear, disgust or worry. Behaviour is communication. Our children typically don’t behave the way they do to annoy us – or others. They behave the way they do because of their emotions, feelings and senses - this can be overwhelming and have children attempt to ‘shut down’ from them.
Naming emotions as colours can be great too e.g. “I’m feeling a bit blue today” (tired, sad, lonely) or “You seem in a bright yellow mood today, am I right?” (happy, excited, joyful). Finding a fun way for your child to express how they’re feeling can be really helpful. And there are heaps of books out there to help too.
If your child seems particularly worried often, head to our tips here too.