Sometimes a child just needs quiet in the safety of an understanding adult's arms.
Recently, at school a child became overwhelmed and upset. I met her as she was being taken out of the classroom. I tried reading her a story - she read too - at the top of her voice!!!! I tried singing - she sang too - at the top of her voice!!! Then i said: Do you want a cuddle? And she eased herself onto my knee and snuggled in. We sat quietly. Her snuggling. Me sometimes rocking a little, sometimes not. Both of us getting quieter and quieter. And she calmed. So after 10 minutes when it was snack time, she was ready to go back into class on her own, quietly.
How often do we try to distract children from their emotions, rather than just allowing and being quiet.