Here’s What It Means If You See a Heart on a Child’s Wrist (Video)

Health

by N.Morgan

 

You may have seen those posts on social media showing photos of young children with little hearts drawn on their wrists.

In case you were curious to find out the meaning of those doodles, the video below is just for you.

Be prepared to see something really sweet and touching, while sending an important message on how to protect and support your child.

Liz Petrone spoke about her son Luca’s struggles with severe anxiety. One day the worried boy burst into tears when he got on the school bus.

Although Liz attempted to comfort him from the fear as much as she could, it didn’t help.

So the next morning she decided to give her son a “gift” to make him feel better.

She gave him a peck on the hand and drew a heart on the place she’d kissed.

The boy would look down at the heart and know that he’s loved and that everything’s gonna be okay.

If your child suffers from anxiety, there are a few things you can do to provide emotional support for them.

First of all, reassuring your little one that everything’s alright isn’t always the best idea.

When you’re anxious, you desperately want to believe that there’s nothing to worry about, but your brain won’t let you.

Reassure your children that you understand how scary it is and that you’ll be by their side until it’s they are feeling secure and unafraid again.

Create a “worry character” together with your child and give it a name.

While you’re doing this, have your son or daughter describe the character in detail, for instance, when it appears the most, how it behaves, how it feels, or when it goes away.

This will help you find out more about how your child’s really feeling and how they are coping with their anxiety.

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4rlAVgAK0SGk-yTfe48Qpw?sub_confirmation=1

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Little Girl Testifies Against Her Abuser- When She Gets Scared, She Gives Her Deaf Dog a Signal (Video)

Animals, Dogs

(N.MorganWhen children are required to testify in a court case, it can be a very scary and traumatic experience which may leave scars that last a lifetime.

With that in mind, the K9 Circuit Program was developed to provide support to these little ones and the dogs that escort these children into court are some of the most extraordinary animals on the planet.

“Think about how a child must feel. They have to face the person who has hurt them, they have to sit in front of a bunch of strangers and tell a really painful story, and most of the time they’re not even with their family while they’re testifying,” said Joanne Rittenhouse, one of the dog handlers.

“All the dogs make everyone calm; they have a good presence,” she continued.

Studies have shown that people are better able to recollect facts and provide more accurate information regarding traumatic events when they are calm.

With the assistance of the dog teams, children and adults are able to relieve their anxiety about the underlying traumatic events and provide more precise testimonies in court proceedings.

These wonderful dogs allow children to feel comfort and security in the midst of these trying situations.

One very special therapy dog named Karl is one of 6 dogs in the K9 Circuit Program. He was born deaf, knows sign language, and is an amazing support to the kids he comes in contact with.

“Karl gave her the courage to go through with the trial. I couldn’t even get her out of the car when we first started and towards the end she was getting out of the car just to go and see Karl,” added dog handler Carol Feiner.

The Ninth Judicial Circuit is the first Florida circuit to utilize both pet therapy dog teams and a professionally trained, ADA certified dog and its handler. All pet therapy dogs and their owners must be TDI certified members of Companions for Courage, currently the only provider approved to work in the Ninth Circuit.

The Ninth Circuit is also fortunate to have been awarded a Courthouse Facility Dog who regularly works with children at the Juvenile Justice Center. This dog was bred, trained and provided through Canine Companions for Independence, a nationally recognized provider of service dogs.

If you’d like to know more about K9 Circuit Program see their website here: https://www.ninthcircuit.org/about/programs/k9th-circuit-program

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References:

http://www.waggingtonpost.com/little-girl-testifies-against-her-abuser-when-he-walks-in-she-gives-her-deaf-dog-a-signal/

https://www.ninthcircuit.org/about/programs/k9th-circuit-program

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