Anxiety

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),...

Can Children Suffer From a Fear of Death?

I can distinctly remember being in my grade four classroom and sitting directly beside the window. Our school was very close to a fire and ambulance station, and every now and again the sirens...

Stuck, Stubborn & Always Right? Change Patterns of Rigid Thinking

Rigid thinking can create conflict, struggle with transitions and anxiety.  Let's take a look at three children struggling with rigid thinking. Bobby screams if daddy makes scrambled eggs instead of mommy. For some children with...

A Simple Hand Exercise for a “Quick Bite” of Proprioceptive Input

Proprioception is our body’s understanding of where it is in space. It is a sense that lets us know the position of our physical structure through receptors in our joints. We can stimulate or...

Getting the Hang of Social Timing: Part 4 – The Gift of Love and...

The holiday season is upon us and with it come many social opportunities.  But I wonder how many of us find some of these social moments difficult.  I certainly do.  I recently attended a...

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...

Sally Loves Her Bully: A Tale of Popularity, Victimization and Social Anxiety

Dr. Williams, we’re so worried about Sally!” Sally’s Story “I don’t sleep at night and I’m nauseous every morning.” Sally continues, “My ponytail must be perfect, so I do it over and over…I change clothes six...
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Imagining All of Those “What Ifs”

The transition to back to school is always a little tricky, even for children who don’t deal with anxiety daily. Let’s face it, that nervous sensation is normal:  the butterflies in the stomach, the...
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Teach your Child the Skill of Calm

As any parent who has worked with me knows, I always say, “it starts with Calm”.  Without a calm child and a calm parent, no learning can take place and no problems can be...