PSP 193: How to Not Pass Our Fears onto Our Kids

PSP 193: How to Not Pass Our Fears onto Our Kids

How to Not Pass Our Fears onto Our Kids Our kids are emotional sponges. They soak up our happiness, but they also soak up our fears. Often when trying to help our kids with anxiety we might project our own worries onto them. Sometimes we might spread our fear throughout the house. In this episode of the AT Parenting Survival Podcast I dive into three […]

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Helping Kids Who Need to Take Medication for Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Who Need to Take Medication for Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Who Need to Take Medication for Anxiety or OCD Some kids will need to take Insulin to address their Diabetes, and some kids will need medication to help address their anxiety or OCD. But many kids and teens might feel nervous about the idea of medication. In this week’s Youtube video I talk about why some kids with anxiety or OCD need medication […]

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PSP 191: Should You Tell Your Child They Have Anxiety or OCD?

PSP 191: Should You Tell Your Child They Have Anxiety or OCD?

Should You Tell Your Child They Have Anxiety or OCD? Many parents worry about telling their child they have anxiety or OCD. Some worry about potentially labeling their kids. Some worry that it will make their child feel different. Others worry about the stigma the child will face. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival episode, I dive deep into the pros and cons of telling […]

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How to Help Kids Who Worry They Will Never Fall Asleep

How to Help Kids Who Worry They Will Never Fall Asleep

How to Help Kids Who Worry They Will Never Fall Asleep “But what if I don’t fall asleep?” That’s a question many of us hear from our anxious kids at bedtime. The ironic thing is, the more a child worries they won’t fall asleep, the harder it actually is to do it!   So how do you get your kids out of this vicious loop? […]

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PSP 189: Helping Parents Handle the Grief that Comes with an Anxiety or OCD Diagnosis

PSP 189: Helping Parents Handle the Grief that Comes with an Anxiety or OCD Diagnosis

Helping Parents Handle the Grief that Comes with an Anxiety or OCD Diagnosis Most of us had a fantasy of what parenting would look like. It might have involved Pinterest crafts, bake sales and play dates. It probably didn’t include hyperventilating, panic and avoidance. None of us signed up to parent a child with anxiety or OCD and most of us weren’t prepared to do […]

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PSP 188: Red Flags to Watch for When Working with an Anxiety or OCD Therapist

PSP 188: Red Flags to Watch for When Working with an Anxiety or OCD Therapist

Red Flags to Watch for When Working with an Anxiety or OCD Therapist Not all therapy is the same. Not all therapists are the same. And when it comes to anxiety and OCD you really want to get it right the first time. But many parents don’t know what to look for and some don’t even realize warning bells should be going off. I invited […]

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PSP 187: Empowering Our Kids with Anxiety or OCD to Help Themselves

PSP 187: Empowering Our Kids with Anxiety or OCD to Help Themselves

Empowering Our Kids with Anxiety or OCD to Help Themselves We want the best for our kids. We want our kids to blossom and live a happy fulfilling life. But when our kids start to struggle with anxiety or OCD we might think that rosy picture is gone forever. We might think we have to “cure” anxiety or OCD for them to be well again. […]

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How to Help Kids Stop Panic Attacks

How to Help Kids Stop Panic Attacks

How to Help Kids Stop Panic Attacks Panic attacks suck. I know this not only because I am an anxiety & OCD therapist, but because I used to suffer from them as well. I have also unfortunately watched my own kids suffer from them. Genetics can be so annoying sometimes! Through my own struggles and those of so many kids I’ve helped, I’ve noticed what […]

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How to Stop Catastrophic Thinking in Kids with Anxiety

How to Stop Catastrophic Thinking in Kids with Anxiety

How to Stop Catastrophic Thinking in Kids with Anxiety What if you die while I sleep? What if I throw up at school? What if I trip and everyone laughs at me? What if an asteroid hits the earth? What if I fail this test and grow up to be homeless? Catastrophic thinking takes our kids out of the now and puts them firmly into […]

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PSP 184: Four Simple Steps to Help Kids Self-Regulate with Lauren Spigelmyer

PSP 184: Four Simple Steps to Help Kids Self-Regulate with Lauren Spigelmyer

4 Simple Steps to Help Kids Self-Regulate with Lauren Spigelmyer Many of our kids have a hard time self-regulating. Just like other skills, we often have to teach our kids how to successfully handle their difficult emotions. This can be especially hard for kids that have anxiety and OCD. When you are a child who already struggles with hyperarousal, it doesn’t take much to throw […]

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What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think.

What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think.

What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think. Parents often miss the mark with social anxiety. They think it means a timid child, a shy child clinging to their pant legs or a child who lacks social skills. Although a child with social anxiety can have those attributes, that’s not what makes someone have social anxiety. In fact, you can […]

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PSP 183: Handling Overwhelm When Parenting Kids with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 183: Handling Overwhelm When Parenting Kids with Anxiety or OCD

Handling Overwhelm When Parenting Kids with Anxiety or OCD It can get pretty overwhelming parenting a child with anxiety or OCD. But this is a marathon not a sprint and burn out isn’t an option. Overwhelm is an issue we all deal with throughout this journey. It is something that can creep up on you without any warning. So how do we as parents dial […]

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PSP 182: How to Help an Anxious Kid Wear a Mask

PSP 182: How to Help an Anxious Kid Wear a Mask

How to Help an Anxious Kid Wear a Mask Masks are a struggle for many kids, but if your child has anxiety or OCD it can be a much BIGGER struggle. This could be due to many reasons. Maybe they feel claustrophobic. Maybe they have sensory issues. Or maybe they have social anxiety and it seems embarrassing. Regardless of what the struggle is the end […]

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How to Help a Child with Anxiety or OCD Who has a Hard Time Making Decisions

How to Help a Child with Anxiety or OCD Who has a Hard Time Making Decisions

How to Help a Child with Anxiety or OCD Who has a Hard Time Making Decisions Kids with anxiety or OCD often have a hard time making decisions. This can be for many different reasons. An anxious child might worry that they’ll miss out if they make the “wrong” decision. They might not feel confident in their ability to make their own decisions. A child […]

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PSP 178: Helping Anxious Kids Who Crumble Under Pressure

PSP 178: Helping Anxious Kids Who Crumble Under Pressure

Helping Anxious Kids Who Crumble Under Pressure Anxious kids crumble under pressure for a variety of reasons. They might worry about deadlines and school work. They might worry about the social pressures of being called on or being watched. They might fear being less than perfect or being worse than others. They might have difficulties making decisions, worried about picking the wrong choice. In this […]

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