How can you tell when you are nervous?

“When your heart becomes 2”

Recently in my clinic, my 5 year old patient was asked come back to his seat to work on phonemic synthesis. He had not yet seen my dog in the clinic at that time. As he hesitatingly came to sit at his seat he noticed my puppy and said, “My heart is 1 again!”. I was perplexed and asked him what he meant. He said, “You know when you asked me to come to do the sound game, my heart became 2, but when I saw Pinto, my heart became 1 again.”

Wow, only then I realized that he was anxious about doing the phonemic synthesis work, and probably felt like he skipped a heartbeat when I told him that it is time to work.

Dr.Kavita Kaul