Are you worried about your anxious child?
Kira worries about lots of things. She worries about going back to school, things going on in the world, forming friendships, and making mistakes. She often talks to her mum about her worries, but her mum finds it difficult to know what to say as she is unsure how to help a child manage anxiety, and the reassurance she provides does not really help.
Jayden is in middle primary school and gets nervous when he has to perform in front of other children or adults. He worries that he will make a mistake and that everyone will laugh at him.
Jack worries about being apart from his mum at school. School drop off lasts year were very stressful for his mum and his teacher, and for Jack. He cries, has tummy pains and is clingy when he leaves for school.
We know it is upsetting and frustrating to see any child like Kira, Jayden or Jack struggle in social situations and experience worry and stress over change or making mistakes. Conflict can arise amongst family members because these children might be expected to use skills they have not acquired yet, and parents can experience stress seeing their child struggling with anxiety.
We help anxious kids build resilience and confidence in a fun group environment
Your child can learn better ways to cope with life’s challenges by enhancing their executive skills. These are the cognitive skills required to negotiate the typical demands of childhood at home, at school and with friends.
By improving their executive skills, your child will find it easier to:
- Regulate their emotions
- Control impulses which can get them into trouble
- Be flexible when things do not go to plan
- Organise themselves for school
- Initiate work and stay on task
At some point, to some degree, all children struggle with emotional regulation, exercising self-control and getting along with others.
Some children however, need additional support to help them catch up to their peers at a similar developmental stage. Given the right strategies, tools and support, these children often thrive in their new-found resilience and confidence. ,
Evidence-based strategies to address anxiety and weaknesses in executive skills
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) helps people learn strategies to reframe the different types of thought patterns that fuel mental health issues such as anxiety. Unhelpful thought patterns can affect many aspects of daily life, including relationships with others and learning at school.
Resilience Kit follows the structure of the evidence-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy program Exploring Feelings developed by Clinical Psychologist Dr Tony Attwood. The well-structured program was designed to appeal to children in a way they can understand and apply in their everyday life, and has proven very successful in empowering children to manage their emotions.
We use playful and creative activities in a welcoming group environment to introduce these therapeutic concepts to children to help build resilience and prevent and reduce anxiety.
Group programs can help your child learn that they are not alone
There are many services in Perth that provide individualised support for children to help with feelings, difficult thoughts and problem behaviours.
We specialise in group programs, run in a positive learning environment.
Your child will have plenty of opportunities to practice positive coping skills with others around their age
This way, they can start to see their new ways of thinking and communicating become more natural, and learn that they are not alone. Children are highly supported by our energetic, fun and friendly team. Our staff to children ration is two or three children per staff member.
Your child builds their own Resilience Kit
In each session, your child will add to their Resilience Kit – their tangible reminder of resilience skills and strategies to apply in everyday life. They are encouraged to share their Resilience Kit with their parents to help their parents learn and apply strategies to build resilience in the family. Items within the Resilience Kit also serve as a communication and problem-solving tool for family members.
Is your child aged 4 – 14 years old?
Executive skills become increasingly important as young people venture into the world with less parental supervision and guidance.
Investing in building and boosting your child’s skills now will set them up with the skills for life to manage school, work and relationships with resilience and confidence