10 helpful resources for child anxiety

Anxiety is a completely normal and expected feeling for people of all ages to experience. But it can often be surprising for parents to see their son or daughter experiencing child anxiety. Most children will be able to cope with typical worries surrounding friendships, school, new events, and chance. However, some children have excessive anxiety that can hold them back from enjoying childhood, and develop into an anxiety disorder (phobias, post traumatic stress, separation anxiety, panic, social anxiety, or OCD).

Great resources for child anxiety

Whether it is normal anxiety or a diagnosable disorder, the following resources could be incredibly helpful. They can assist with understanding why your child worries, how you can help them, and what skills they can learn to reduce their fears.

Child Anxiety WEBSITES

Anxiety BC

Anxiety BC is an excellent website full of resources to help people learn and practice effective strategies to manage anxiety on their own, at their own pace. All content is grounded in scientific research and developed by professionals who specialize in helping people with anxiety. They have sections for Adults, Teens, Children, and Parents. And the content includes information, videos, worksheets, and very clear, actionable skills to teach your children.

Coping Cat Parents

Coping Cat Parents is another great website. It has evidenced based information and recommendations, symptom checker, and tools from experts in anxiety. Also, you can sign up for “Child Anxiety Tales”. This is an online program for parents who would like to learn how to help their child better manage stress and anxiety.

Worry Wise Kids

Worry Wise Kids provides parents, educators and mental health professionals with information on the full range of anxiety disorders. It includes how to identify symptoms, find effective treatments, and prevent anxiety from taking hold in a child’s life.

The Brave Program

The Brave Program is an online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) program for children or teens with anxiety and their parents. Any child who worries about things will find the program useful. The program also has a largely preventative and early intervention focus. It teaches children and parents about unhelpful thinking styles, body sensations of anxiety, and tools to cope more effectively and boost self esteem.

Raising Mindful Kids

I often teach mindfulness to my child clients, and they love it! Children are quite mindful already (being in the moment and noticing whats happening around them), but those with anxiety can get too caught up in their own thoughts and emotions. Helping them ground themselves back into reality and the present is a great way to help their anxieties. This post on 11 simple mindfulness tips for kids is a great first step to give you some ideas!

 

Related: Fun and creative ways to boost your child’s self esteem.

Child Anxiety APPS

Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind is meditation made easy. A simple tool that helps put a smile on your mind anytime and anywhere, teaching the important skill of mindfulness to ages 7+. You can track your progress, measure mood and tension levels, and have fun learning to be mindful.

Breathe, Think, Do, with Sesame

For use with young children (under 5), this simple app teaches kids the skills of problem solving, self-control, planning, and task persistence. The easy to remember slogan of Breathe, Think, Do, can the implemented in your daily life to encourage better emotion regulation and thinking clearly.

Focus on the Go

This app is great for primary school children, with a range of information, family tasks, games to encourage emotion regulation and clear communication. The Comic Creator allows kids to create their own stories about whats worrying them or on their mind. The Feelings Finder is a fun way to discuss emotions with your child. Also, you can take surveys to learn more about your family’s strengths.

Related: Affirmation cards to boost your child’s self esteem

Child Anxiety BOOKS

Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents

The book offers proven effective skills based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to aid you in helping your child overcome intense fears and worries. You’ll also find out how to relieve your child’s anxious feelings while parenting with compassion. You can help your child practice “detective thinking” to recognize irrational worries. Also, learn what to do when your child becomes frightened, how to gently and gradually expose your child to challenging situations, and help your child learn important social skills.

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety 

What to Do When you Worry Too Much

 

 

 

 

 

This is an excellent interactive book written for children by a Clinical Psychologist. It is designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates, and empowers children to work towards change.

Related: 4 steps to help children think more positively

Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears

 

Do you have any other great resources for child anxiety?

 

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Comments

  1. This is a great list for people who might not know where to turn. Nice post!

    1. Jess

      Thanks Tory, it can be so overwhelming for a lot of parents.

    1. Jess

      Yes, anxiety in children seems to be on the rise. Catching it early and having strategies in place can make all the difference. Thanks Natalie.

  2. What a great list of sources. So helpful! We have the sesame street app which at first I thought wasn’t getting through but now I know he really thinks about his breathing when he needs to calm down.

  3. This is great Jess, sooooo helpful! My daughter is going through anxiety at the moment and I’m going to go through your links tonight. Thank you!

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