9 Anxiety-Busters for Kids Taking Standardized Tests
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Use Guided Imagery
Guided imagery may seem "new age-y" but studies have shown that it can reduce anxiety, stomach pain, and headaches in children. Guided imagery is the use of gentle words or stories to bring out calm and positive feelings. Practice using this technique with your child in the weeks leading up to a big test so that she's used to it and can rely on it the night before or morning of the exam. Purchase guided-imagery CDs or digital downloads, or find free recordings of relaxing guided-imagery stories for children — such as this one by StressFreeKids on YouTube. Or, find free scripts of guided imagery to recite to your child, such as these two by TheMindfulWorld.org.