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Behind the Breakthroughs


Feb 27, 2019

In this episode Dr. Nunez and Maylene talk about when a child regresses and how consistency plays a roll. Your child maybe doing great and "BAM" all of a sudden your child is having major meltdowns or becoming angry and agitated and you do not why. There is ALWAYS a reason and the majority of the time it is caused by something that is out of your child's routine from changing the schedule slightly, to a change in weather, to your child going through a growth spurt. Regression signifies change and this podcast will help you identify what that change is.

When we hear the word regression we often think of the dreaded meltdowns and/or angry and aggressive behaviors. Dr. Nunez and Maylene remind everyone that regression isn't a negative thing it just means that there is change happening and your child is growing. When you really put some thought into it, you can trace what that change is. Your child is human and their emotions and behaviors aren't always going to remain the same. Instead of viewing regression as a set back look at it as moving forward. It is always important to remember that when you see your child regress provide them with structure and consistency. Consistency needs to be within the family unit and it starts with both parents being on the same page. Inconsistency sends mixed messages to a child and in return can cause tension and make the regression worse. Regression is apart of life, but the more consistent you are the greater the outcome will be for everyone.

MINDSHIFT (takeaways)

  1. Whenever you see regression go back to basics, break things down, and be consistent.
  2. Don’t beat yourself up about regression, it happens.
  3. When a regression occurs provide your child with structure and give calming activities that make them feel successful. It will help them cope.
  4. Think about why the regression is happening, the source of the regression. We as humans have patterns and ingrained routines, so it is important to reflect and question what could be out of routine and do a self-check.