“Addressing the Monkey on your Back: How to identify Anxiety in your child and how to actively de-escalate its effects. “
This discussion teaches parents about the nature of anxiety in children and provide tools parents can use to help their child cope with anxiety and learn to self-regulate.
Many children and early adolescents do not recognize their anxiety for what it actually is. Often, they may think there is some “wrong” with them. Young Children tend to focus on physical symptoms, such a stomach aches, headaches, lethargy, etc). Young Adolescents and teenagers may feel “odd”, “weird”, out of control, or even “crazy”. Such thoughts may create further anxiety, continuing this negative cycle.
In this brief Open Forum Discussion, Dr. Tara Kfoury will help you
- To define what Anxiety is and what is may look like for your child
- To identify the early onset of anxiety in your child
- To anticipate changes and/or triggers in your child’s behaviors in the moment of an anxiety-attack (sensory, over-stimulation, prior trauma)
- Develop a protocol for brain breaks, distractions, and other anxiety-reducing strategies
- Engage in-the-moment de-escalation strategies (physical touch, mindfulness breathing techniques, visual & voice calming strategies, Tapping)
- To maintain your calm as you try to calm your child
- To speak with your child about his/her anxiety & concerns