Anxiety

A Day at Monster Jam: Tips for Preparing “those” Summer Events

Summer is a time many families are looking for those fun, high interest activities to do with their kids. As a counselor, one of the biggest fears I often hear from parents is, “We...
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A Visit with the Worry Witch: Guided Relaxation for Kids

Life in general can be stressful. Having difficulty processing sensory information can make life even more stressful. Giving children a tool they can use to manage and reduce stress may help them learn better,...
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5 Steps to Help a Child with Unwanted Thoughts

Most children experience ‘bad’ thoughts but easily disregard them. However, some children and teenagers pay too much importance to their unpleasant thoughts and become fearful that a loved one will be harmed, or that...
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Autism is a Reason for Behaviors, Not an Excuse

Autism, while it is so much a part of me, it can also make some things harder. The same may be true for the children and adults that you work with who have various...

Invisible Anxiety – Hiding in the Classroom

1 in 8 children are diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder. Separation Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are common in younger children, ages 6-9.  Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD),...

Festivity of Foods: Not for Kids with Anxious Moods

For many kids with anxious moods, holiday meals are nothing to celebrate.  Let's explore the anxious moods of Maddie, Anthony and Patty.  Discover tips and ideas to reduce or eliminate a child's anxiety around...

Preparing Your Special Needs Child for Minor Surgery

It’s been said that “minor” surgery is surgery on someone other than yourself. One exception to this old adage is when your child needs surgery. And if that child happens to have any special...

Three Ways to Decrease School Anxiety

The sun is setting a little bit earlier.  The stores are filling their aisles with binders, pens and paper.  The furthest thing from your child’s mind is starting another school year.  And if it...

Alternative Gifts for Your Anxious Child

Most children who struggle with anxious feelings are extremely sensitive to the overstimulating sights and sounds of the holidays. When they are continually challenged by these incredibly real feelings of panic and fear their...

Peer Mentoring Brings Great Success

From heart palpitations to sweaty palms, a nauseated stomach to pounding headaches, imagine how many different ways that children can feel anxiety. There are over one hundred different ways in which the physical symptoms...