Some kids struggle to manage their emotions in a healthy way. Others worry excessively about normal, everyday events. Some kids express a fear of making mistakes. Some kids miss out on positive social interactions due to their inability to form and maintain healthy friendships. Kids as young as 4 years are displaying symptoms of anxiety.
Kids can learn better ways to cope with life’s challenges by enhancing awareness of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Parents can also help them to enhance their executive skills. These are the brain-based skills needed to negotiate the typical demands of childhood at home, at school and with friends. These ‘habits of mind’ enable kids to:
- Get organised
- Initiate work
- Stay on task
- Control impulses
- Regulate emotions
- Be adaptable and resilient
We combine Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and evidence-based strategies to boost executive skills to help kids and their parents/caregivers build resilience, prevent and reduce anxiety. Kids learn with developmentally similar kids, parents learn with parents, at the same time and place.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural 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 undermine relationships with others, learning at school and day to day life.
We use the evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program Exploring Feelings developed by Clinical Psychologist Dr Tony Attwood. The program was designed to be highly structured, interesting and successful in encouraging the cognitive control of emotions.
At some point, to some degree, all kids struggle with getting organised, exercising self-control and getting along with others. But some kids seem to need constant reminders and/or supervision. They need additional help far beyond the point where others at a similar developmental stage, are beginning to manage certain tasks on their own.
The thing is, these kids are often strong academically, they just might lack (or lag behind in developing) executive skills – the brain-based skills needed to execute or perform tasks. They have difficulties getting organised, initiating or planning things, staying on task, adapting to change, controlling impulses, regulating their emotions and being resilient.
Conflict and frustration can arise in the household because kids might be expected to use skills they do not have yet.
Executive skills become more critical as kids venture into the world with less parental supervision and guidance. By acting now to boost your loved one’s executive skills, you could spare them a lot of difficulty in years to come. Executive skills are essential to the successful management of adult life.
How it Works
Kids attend sessions with other developmentally similar kids. At the same time, their parents/caregivers learn the same language and additional strategies to manage behaviours and build resilience in the family. Sessions take place at the same time and place.
- Group guidelines and confidentiality
- Self-awareness, discovering strengths and talents
- Identifying people, things, living beings and events that contribute to happiness
- Increasing feelings of happiness, kindness and relaxation
- Visualisation and mindfulness
- Environmental factors that can help parents/caregivers maximise chances of success
- Parenting strategies to set boundaries and to help the child with impulse control and emotional regulation.
- Self-awareness, identifying situations that may contribute to difficult feelings of worry, sadness, anger and fear
- Identifying physiological responses to worry, sadness, anger and fear
- Physical tools and relaxation tools to manage difficult feelings to help the child reach the goals
- Learning ways to handle difficult situations with more flexibility
- Heroes who manage difficult feelings
- Effective strategies to help parents/caregivers prevent and manage challenging behaviours
- The connection between our thoughts, feelings and behaviour
- Thinking tools and social tools to use at home, at school, with peers and teachers
- Other tools to use when trying new things, dealing with change and problem-solving
- Awareness of thinking styles to help parents/caregivers challenge unhelpful thoughts and develop a more optimistic thinking style
- Applying coping strategies to real life situations
- How to problem solve at home, at school, with peers and teachers
- Practising language and coping strategies to use in other environments outside of the home and school
- Recognising and celebrating strengths
- Consolidation and sharing of all skills and strategies – activity tools, relaxation tools, social tools, thinking tools and other tools
- Take home Resilience Kit – a tangible reminder of resilience skills and strategies to apply in everyday life
Book Now | Term 1 2019
Dates: Saturday 16th February, 23rd February, 2nd March, 9th March and 16th March 2019
Times/Ages: 10.00am – 12.00pm | 4 – 7 Years
Times/Ages: 01.00pm – 03.00pm | 8 – 10 Years
Investment: $176.00 per 2.0 hour session for one child and up to two parents/caregivers. $880.00 for all sessions for the family.
Private Health Insurance Rebate: Private health insurance or Medicare rebates may apply for your child. Before enquiring with your Private Health Insurance, please contact us for our Psychologists’ Provider Number. The Item Number to quote is P400 (Group Psychological Interventions) or P300 if you are with Medibank Private.
Medicare Rebate: Alternatively, if your child qualifies for a Better Access to Mental Health – Mental Health Care Plan through your GP (for Group Psychological Interventions), you may obtain a rebate through Medicare provided that the group your child attends does not exceed 10 children and your Plan is obtained and submitted to us prior to the group start date.