A few months ago I was working with a 10 year old girl I’ll call Jennifer (as always, names and details changed). I was initially working with Jennifer on helping her reduce her anxiety about being around her peers. However something else which was quite noticeable about Jennifer’s challenges was this: she struggled to show almost any positive emotion. Jennifer rarely smiled in sessions, and despite me doing a great deal of play, games and rapport building with her, found it almost impossible to talk positively or enthusiastically about any of her interests.
When I asked Jennifer’s Mum about how she acted at home, she told me that Jennifer frequently looked unhappy or anxious at school and around other children too – and had been like this for some time.
Some children smile less frequently, and/or show less enjoyment, interest, excitement or happiness in their words or faces than other kids. They have a “blank”, sad or worried expression on their face a lot of the time, often stay quiet when something positive happens to them, or talk much less enthusiastically or positively about their interests compared to other children.Read More