How to Break the Worry Cycle: A Workshop for Caregivers of Anxious Children
Does anxiety or OCD feel like another member of your family? When you have a child with anxiety, the whole family is impacted. What started off as a little worry has grown into your child’s excessive need for reassurance, avoidance of activities, or demands to help them with rituals.
You probably find yourself telling your child “everything will be fine”, or maybe you encourage them to use relaxation skills, or say things like “you’re safe”, and even change your family activities or plans to make your child feel more comfortable. But it doesn’t seem to be making a difference.
Comforting your child’s fears is a natural response. However, studies are showing that this approach is actually strengthening children’s anxiety. In this 3-part workshop, you are going to learn about an alternative way to address your child’s anxiety. This workshop will provide with you concrete, actionable steps you can take to help your child.
Recent studies show that when parents change their response, the child’s anxiety improves
What We’ll Cover
Common mistakes parents make that strengthen anxiety
Learn the difference between parental support and protection
How to make rewards work
How to develop tolerance for your child’s distress
Learn supportive statements to give your child to build confidence and give them strength to face their fears
Create an action plan to gradually reduce anxiety accommodations at home
Dates: Wednesday July 10th, 17th, and 24th [Must attend all 3 weeks]
Cost: $150 per family [Payment due at time of registration]
Location: 7801 East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55439
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Benito, K.G. & Freeman, J. (2011). Pediatric anxiety: How family accommodation may hinder treatment. Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, 27 (3).
Lebowitz, Eli R. & Omer, Haim. (2013). Treating Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety: A Guide for Caregivers. Wiley.