Many children have what are considered “normal childhood fears.” They might be afraid of the dark or are extremely shy around strangers. They might be afraid there are monsters hiding under their bed. Most children grow out of these fears but for others, anxiety during childhood is a very real thing. When a child has anxiety, it can interfere with their schoolwork, their self-esteem and their relationships. Throughout the years, we have provided a great deal of information on how to help your child with anxiety. The following are 12 posts to help you help your child.
Signs of Anxiety in Children – Some of the signs of anxiety in children, such as excessive worry and trouble sleeping, are similar to those exhibited by adults with anxiety. But it can also appear differently in children. Your child might have a hard time explaining why they are worrying, be irritable without a specific cause or have an intense need for your approval.
Social Anxiety in Children – Some children are naturally shy. They are cautious around people they don’t know. But social anxiety is much more extreme than shyness. Social anxiety can stop your child from making friends but it can also interfere with learning. Your child might have difficulty raising their hand to ask or answer a question in class. He or she might try to avoid school or have physical symptoms, such as stomachaches or headaches, which cause your child to miss school. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been found to be effective in treating childhood anxiety.
How Children Develop Fears and Anxiety Disorders – Children often have “normal childhood fears.” Health Pro Jerry Kennard explains what fears normally develop from birth thru the teen years. Understanding what fears are normal and which might signal an anxiety disorder helps you get your child help when needed.
Phobias in Children – A phobia is an excessive and irrational fear of an object, place or even a person. It could be a fear of riding a bike, a fear of dogs, or a fear of going to the mall. Many times children don’t see phobias as irrational, instead they see their fear as normal. But phobias can interfere with your child’s daily life.
Talking to Your Children About Anxiety – One of the hallmark symptoms of anxiety is excessive worrying. But children might not understand what excessive means. They might be so used to their anxiety, they believe their fears are normal. As parents, it is important for you to talk to your children, especially if they show signs of anxiety, and help them understand the difference between normal worry and anxiety.
10 Ways to Help Your Child Manage His or her Anxiety – If your child has anxiety, an important first step is talking to your doctor and following through with any treatment. There are also some ways you, as parents, can help your child learn to manage their anxiety.
Helping Children Make Friends – Friendship is an integral part of growing up. These friendships help your child cope with the difficulties of school and everyday life. They help prepare your child for future relationships. But for children with social anxiety disorder, making friends is difficult or impossible. There are ways you can help your child manage social anxiety disorder and make friends.
Anxiety in School: Talking With Diane Peters Mayer – Diane Peters Mayer is the author of Overcoming School Anxiety. She talks at length about helping children with school anxiety, including refusing to go to school, test anxiety and homework anxiety. During the interview she provides practical suggestions for parents.
Managing School Anxiety – School anxiety, or school refusal, is when your child is fearful of going to school. Your child might experience panic attacks at the thought of going to school. He or she might have physical symptoms, such as stomachaches, in the morning. School anxiety is treatable. If your child is exhibiting signs of school anxiety, talking to your doctor is the first step.
Children with Anxiety: IEPs in School – An anxiety disorder can interfere with your child’s ability to learn in school. Some children with anxiety do poorly on tests, others might find it hard to concentrate or have panic attacks. Some might find it impossible to answer a question or talk to a teacher. Children with anxiety might be eligible for accommodations through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This article provides information about IDEA and what you can do to request an evaluation.
Section 504 for Children with Anxiety – Some children with anxiety might be eligible for services under IDEA, others might not meet the stringent eligibility requirements but might still qualify for accommodations under Section 504, which is a civil rights law. If your child has an anxiety disorder, talk with the school about an assessment for both IDEA and Section 504.
Suggestions for Classroom Accommodations for Children with Anxiety – Children diagnosed with anxiety might be eligible for accommodations in school. These accommodations are created specifically for each child, depending on their needs. There are, however, some general accommodations you can use as a guideline when asking your child’s school for accommodations.