Understanding and Managing Anxiety Handout for parents
Is your child experiencing feelings of anxiety? Are you wondering how you can best support them?
This downloadable handout is an information resource for parents, explaining everything they need to know about childhood anxiety.
1. What is anxiety, where does it come from and why is my child experiencing anxiety.
2. It then discusses ways to consider helping your child push through anxiety to become a more confident and less anxious child using many strategies and skills. Examples of these skills are: exposure tasks, building connections, building confidence with rewards and praise and learning all about easing anxiety in the body when it arises.
3. We also consider childhood worry and ways to manage this on a daily basis so that we are teaching children that worry is okay as long as we do not allow ourselves to feel overwhelmed by this worry.
This handout is a great start for learning about childhood anxiety and ways to reduce this anxiety in your child. I also have a three part workshop on anxiety that may also be useful if you want a more in depth look at managing anxiety in your child.
I’m Dr. Claire Conlon and I am a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience from both the UK and Ireland. I fell in love with psychology whilst working in Great Ormond Street Hospital over 10 years ago and have not looked back since. I studied psychology as an Undergraduate, before completing a Masters in Psychology and obtaining a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
When providing support for parents and children, I draw on attachment theory, developmental psychology, infant mental health, mindful parenting, behavioural support, and cognitive behavioural therapy. I also provide much-needed support for parents around coping with being a parent and the added pressure of additional stress, trauma or parenting a child with physical, medical, neurobiological or additional needs.