Knowing kids are reacting to a challenge can help you find ways to respond — both in the moment and proactively. Some ways to help include:
Talk to kids about getting stuck. Talk about it when they’re not perseverating and describe what you’ve been seeing.
Respond with empathy.
It can go a long way in reducing kids’ anxiety — and yours, too. And since getting stuck can be a response to being anxious or overwhelmed, being empathetic and calming may help in getting kids unstuck.
Keep in mind, though, that when kids are stuck, they may not be willing to hear you.