When “Calm Down” and “Just Relax” Don’t Help: Caring for Your Child with Anxiety

Written by: Allison Levine

When your child is clingy, tearful, anxious, and stressed, how do you offer your best caregiving?  This is a challenge that parents face on a regular basis when they have a child with anxiety.  Children who are anxious are challenging for even the “best” parents.  How can caregivers help kids maintain a healthy level of functioning when they are anxious because of traumatic events, transitions, emotional overloads, or everyday life?  Come learn some relationship-based approaches to managing these struggles.

Learn to manage your child’s symptoms of anxiety in a way that helps maintain and promote your child’s self-esteem as well as a positive parent-child relationship!

  • Understand the difference between healthy anxiety and problematic anxiety
  • Learn how to use your relationship with your child to help regulate your child’s emotions
  • Recognize your child’s calls for help (Clinginess, tantrums, crying, teary goodbyes, withdrawal!)
  • Build a “tool-box” of strategies and interventions that can be tried during difficult times

To get more information and learn HOW to use these strategies with your child, join us for a Parent Workshop on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 6-8PM at The Theraplay Institute in Evanston.  Dr. Phyllis Rubin, CCC-SLP, PsyD, will be presenting.  The cost is $25 per person and space is limited, so register now.   You can register by calling Janet Koestring at 847.256.7334 or on the web by clicking here.

The Theraplay Institute is located at 1840 Oak Ave, Suite 320, Evanston, IL, 60201.  To learn more about Theraplay, visit www.theraplay.org, join us on Facebook, or contact Allison Levine, Clinical Coordinator at The Theraplay Institute at 847.256.7334 or at allison@theraplay.org

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 7:24 PM