OCD Hacks for Kids

10 Hacks for Home

  • Maintain a simple routine and focus on what is good
  • Stay hydrated, eat right, and exercise regularly
  • Create a comfy space for yourself at home- spend at least 15 minutes there daily – no electronics allowed
  • Ask for help and share everything you can with the professionals you work with
  • Avoid triggers when possible and push forward with a professional
  • Give yourself grace – tomorrow is a new day full of possibility
  • Set aside time in everyday for focused breathing – 5 seconds in – 5 seconds hold – 5 seconds out
  • Your eyes guide your thoughts- when fears start to rise try to focus on something beautiful nearby (a plant or flower) instead and be grateful for life’s beauty
  • Go outside and play
  • Do something nice for someone daily

10 Hacks for School

  • Focus on your strengths, not your struggle
  • Know the accommodations that work for you and use them
  • Kindly remind your teachers about your 504 if needed
  • Know your triggers and avoid them at school when you can
  • Create a Go To plan to manage OCD symptoms at school and use it
  • Invite a friend to help with your Go To plan you when symptoms arise outside of class¬†
  • Make a teacher your friend and tell them when you are struggling
  • Identify a safe place at your school – a teacher’s room -the nurse’s office – somewhere you can retreat to when things get tough
  • Advocate for yourself – Share your needs with others
  • When you have OCD symptoms write it down – Explain if it is worse at certain times or on certain days