Ask the Child Therapist Episode 109 Kids Edition: Helping Kids Who Want to Be Homeschooled due to Anxiety

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 109 Kids Edition: Helping Kids Who Want to Be Homeschooled due to Anxiety

There is one thing I consistently hear about in my therapy practice. Homeschooling. Not in a warm fuzzy way. But in a desperate, this needs to happen sort of way. It is very common for many kids to demand to be homeschooled due to anxiety.

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PSP 101: How to Advocate for Your Child in School | 504 Plan for Anxiety & OCD

PSP 101: How to Advocate for Your Child in School | 504 Plan for Anxiety & OCD

Anxiety and OCD can bully their way into our children’s education. It can create anxiety when it comes to going to school, it can create anxiety at school and it can be a minefield of triggers for a child with OCD. So where do you even start advocating for your child. And how do you know when it is time to get a 504 plan for anxiety or OCD?

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 108 Kids Edition: Teaching Kids How to Deal with the Fear of the Dark

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 108 Kids Edition: Teaching Kids How to Deal with the Fear of the Dark

v   SIGN ME UP!   Teaching Kids How to Deal with the Fear of the Dark Many anxious kids (and non-anxious kids) fear the dark. For some this can be a mild fear, while for others this fear can make it hard to function. In the latest edition of Ask the Child Therapist Kids Edition, I am teaching kids how to get empowered to […]

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PSP 100: Is a Medical Condition Causing My Child’s Anxiety or OCD?!

PSP 100: Is a Medical Condition Causing My Child’s Anxiety or OCD?!

You hear about these stories all the time. My son was fine until he woke up one day with OCD. Or – after an infection my child developed debilitating anxiety. There has been growing buzz around what may be causing anxiety or OCD.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 106 Kids Edition: Helping Kids with the Fear of Dying

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 106 Kids Edition: Helping Kids with the Fear of Dying

One of the most common anxiety themes is the fear of dying. It can make kids lose sleep. It can make kids avoid life. It has the power to immobilize a child and give them a life of avoidance.

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PSP 098: Helping Anxious Kids Cope with After the Holiday Blues

PSP 098: Helping Anxious Kids Cope with After the Holiday Blues

Holiday cheer. Gifts galore. Cakes, cookies and treats everywhere you look. Parties and festivities. And then… nothing. Sad looking tree abandoned on the curb. Cardboard boxes stuffed to the brim. It can be a big transition for most of us! But if you are an anxious kid who doesn’t handle transitions well anyway – after the holiday blues can be hard to handle.

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PSP 097: Helping Anxious Kids Survive the Holidays

PSP 097: Helping Anxious Kids Survive the Holidays

A house packed with friends and family. Music blaring. Relatives beckoning and begging for tight hugs. It can sound like a hallmark card for most people, but for anxious kids it can be a living nightmare. Seriously. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can help anxious kids survive the holidays with some proactive planning!

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 104 Kids Edition: Helping Kids with Misophonia

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 104 Kids Edition: Helping Kids with Misophonia

Did you know there is actually a condition that makes people rage when they hear certain sounds? It’s true. Some kids aren’t trying to be difficult, they truly hear sound differently than you. Kids with Misophonia are distressed and overwhelmed when they hear certain sounds. These sounds trigger their limbic system and can cause intense rage and emotional volatility.

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PSP 096: Raising Kids with Anxiety or OCD? Don’t Care What Others Think!

PSP 096: Raising Kids with Anxiety or OCD? Don’t Care What Others Think!

Parenting kids with anxiety or OCD is hard enough but add all the “well intentioned” comments and thinly veiled judgments and it can be overwhelming. Learn how to not care what others think!

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 103 Kids Edition: Handling Anxiety that Makes You Feel Sick to Your Stomach

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 103 Kids Edition: Handling Anxiety that Makes You Feel Sick to Your Stomach

When I was a kid the first thing that happened when I was nervous wasn’t in my head, in was in my stomach. In fact, sometimes I didn’t even know I was nervous until my stomach gave me a clue. Feeling sick to your stomach can be a common struggle with you are dealing with anxiety.

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PSP 095: Teaching Kids Coping Skills with Janine Halloran

PSP 095: Teaching Kids Coping Skills with Janine Halloran

Many of us deal with kids who don’t know how to calm down. Kids who rage over the slightest issue or kids who get paralyzed with fear with any small change.

You may not know how to build your child’s coping mechanisms. Many of us throw platitudes like, “calm down” or “you’re fine.” Unfortunately most of the time that doesn’t cut it. Teaching kids coping skills can be hard, but it is such a crucial thing to teach.

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PSP 094: Learning How to Take Care of Yourself in the Midst of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD with Hilary Rank

PSP 094: Learning How to Take Care of Yourself in the Midst of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD with Hilary Rank

When you are raising a child with anxiety or OCD life is more hectic and overwhelming.

Your child is scared in the middle of the night.
You stay up, listening about bad dreams.
You make the therapy appointments.
You read all the books.
You wipe tears.
You listen to fears.

You quietly worry yourself. You are the caretaker. You are the rock to your child’s storm. But what about you?

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 101 Kids Edition: Helping Kids with the Fear of Flying

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 101 Kids Edition: Helping Kids with the Fear of Flying

v   SIGN ME UP!   Ask the Child Therapist Episode 101 Kids Edition: Helping Kids with the Fear of Flying It is the holiday season, which means it is also flying season. That might put some of your anxious kids into a major state of panic. The fear of flying can paralyze some kids and make traveling a major struggle!   Does your child […]

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PSP 093: How to Help Anxious Kids Deal with Big Family Gatherings

PSP 093: How to Help Anxious Kids Deal with Big Family Gatherings

v   SIGN ME UP!   How to Help Anxious Kids Deal with Big Family Gatherings It’s that time of year again. Big family gatherings. Cue up the noise, the chaos, the triggers and the picky eating. Perhaps you might even get a side dish of insensitive comments or unsolicited judgement. Does your heart start palpitating just at the thought? If so, you are not […]

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 100 Kids Edition: Is Anxiety in Children Common? Helping Kids Realize They are Not Alone.

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 100 Kids Edition: Is Anxiety in Children Common? Helping Kids Realize They are Not Alone.

v   SIGN ME UP!   Is Anxiety in Children Common? Helping Kids Realize They are Not Alone. One thing that prevents kids from working on anxiety is….embarrassment. To work on anxiety, kids have to admit there is an issue. For some kids that is too much. They don’t believe anxiety in children is common.   They feel embarrassed to have anxiety. They feel like […]

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