PSP 177: Preparing Our Anxious Kids for an Uncertain School Year

PSP 177: Preparing Our Anxious Kids for an Uncertain School Year

Preparing Our Anxious Kids for an Uncertain School Year There is one thing for sure, next school year is completely uncertain. Will kids go back to school? Will they wear masks? Will school be online or in person? There are more questions than answers when we look ahead. So how do you help an anxious child who craves consistency and stability when reality is anything […]

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What Effective OCD Treatment Looks Like (and Doesn’t Look Like).

What Effective OCD Treatment Looks Like (and Doesn’t Look Like).

What Effective OCD Treatment Looks Like (and Doesn’t Look Like). Getting OCD treatment from a general therapist who doesn’t specialize in OCD is like going to your primary care physician to get a heart transplant. Proper OCD treatment requires an understanding of evidenced-based treatment approaches, most of which are not taught in graduate school (don’t get me on that soap box). If you suffer with […]

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PSP 176: Ways Parents Can Help Kids with Selective Mutism with Anna Biavati-Smith

PSP 176: Ways Parents Can Help Kids with Selective Mutism with Anna Biavati-Smith

Ways Parents Can Help Kids with Selective Mutism with Anna Biavati-Smith “He’s just shy, he’ll grow out of it.” That’s what many parents hear when they voice their concerns about a child with undiagnosed Selective Mutism. Selective Mutism is often missed or completely misunderstood. The sad part is with early treatment, kids with Selective Mutism can make great progress. That is why I brought on […]

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PSP 175: Inside the Mind of A Child with Emetophobia | The Fear of Throwing Up

PSP 175: Inside the Mind of A Child with Emetophobia | The Fear of Throwing Up

Inside the Mind of A Child with Emetophobia | The Fear of Throwing Up One of the most common anxiety and OCD themes is the fear of throwing up, also known Emetophobia. It impacts kids of all ages, and has the power to completely debilitate a person. In this week’s, AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk to my own eight-year-old daughter about her struggles with […]

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Helping Kids Understand Misophonia | Sound Rage

Helping Kids Understand Misophonia | Sound Rage

Helping Kids Understand Misophonia | Sound Rage “Just deal with it! No one likes the sound of his chewing.” That’s often how parents deal with Misophonia, a neurologically based disorder where auditory stimuli is misinterpreted in the central nervous system. When parents misunderstand Misophonia it leaves kids feeling overwhelmed and guilty. They might wonder, why can’t I tolerate certain sounds like everyone else? In this […]

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PSP 174: Teaching Our Kids to Be Kind Even When Others Aren’t

PSP 174: Teaching Our Kids to Be Kind Even When Others Aren’t

Teaching Our Kids to Be Kind Even When Others Aren’t If a group of children were being mean, would your child feel brave enough to be kind? Being kind isn’t always an easy thing to do. Sometimes it can be a scary thing to do, even a brave thing to do. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I talk about ways to help foster […]

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Helping Anxious Kids Who Hate Losing

Helping Anxious Kids Who Hate Losing

Helping Anxious Kids Who Hate Losing The board game goes flying, the game control gets thrown or the ball gets kicked out of the yard. That’s how many anxious kids cope with losing, it’s just simply too much to handle. It’s not surprising that some anxious kids hate losing. Anxious kids can hold themselves to a higher standard than others. They must give their best, […]

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PSP 173: What to Do When Therapy isn’t Enough for a Child with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 173: What to Do When Therapy isn’t Enough for a Child with Anxiety or OCD

What to Do When Therapy isn’t Enough for a Child with Anxiety or OCD  Your child needs help, but therapy isn’t cutting it. Maybe it’s because she refuses to go or perhaps it’s because her issues are just too intense for outpatient therapy. What’s a parent supposed to do when the help isn’t helping? Outpatient therapy is where the road starts, but not where it […]

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PSP 172: How to Handle the Stress of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 172: How to Handle the Stress of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD

How to Handle the Stress of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD Raising a child with anxiety or OCD should come with a warning label, “Warning: May be hazardous to your health.” Being a rock to a child that is often flailing in the sea of chaos, can be draining to even the best of us. It can wear you down, destroy your sleep […]

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PSP 171: Understanding Emetophobia, The Fear of Throwing Up with Chrissie Hodges

PSP 171: Understanding Emetophobia, The Fear of Throwing Up with Chrissie Hodges

Understanding Emetophobia, The Fear of Throwing Up with Chrissie Hodges Parents often grapple with what may have caused their child to become so deathly afraid of throwing up. They come up with theories. Maybe it was the time she saw her cousin throw up? Or maybe it was the time she got sick in the car? Or maybe it was the time she got food […]

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The Solution to Social Anxiety in Kids is Not what People Think

The Solution to Social Anxiety in Kids is Not what People Think

The Solution to Social Anxiety in Kids is Not what People Think I have spent 47 years with Social Anxiety Disorder. It is an ugly, devastating disorder that tears you down from the inside out. It can demolish any shred of self-esteem you have. It can paralyze and isolate you. But the solution to social anxiety is not what most people think. In fact, I […]

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PSP 169: A Parent’s Journey Through Anxiety and Autism

PSP 169: A Parent’s Journey Through Anxiety and Autism

A Parent’s Journey Through Anxiety and Autism Autism can be a confusing disorder because it often comes with so many other comorbid conditions. Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can show signs of anxiety, OCD and ADHD. Initially it can be hard for parents and even professionals to get an accurate diagnosis. In this month’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast segment Member Spotlight, I talk to […]

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PSP 170: How to Help Anxious Kids Help Themselves

PSP 170: How to Help Anxious Kids Help Themselves

How to Help Anxious Kids Help Themselves It is hard to watch our anxious kids suffer. It is hard to stomach their pain. It is very tempting to swoop in and protect them. To soften their fall. To protect them from feeling discomfort. But that is robbing them of the opportunity to build their skills. I find that the best way to help anxious kids […]

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PSP 168: How to Spot OCD Symptoms in Teens

PSP 168: How to Spot OCD Symptoms in Teens

How to Spot OCD Symptoms in Teens Most kids with OCD go into adulthood without a diagnosis. This means years of feeling different. Years of feeling ashamed. And years of little to no support. If parents and therapists can learn how to spot OCD symptoms in teens, we could help them save years of unnecessary pain and suffering. OCD requires a very specific therapeutic approach […]

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PSP 167: What is Emotional Contamination OCD?

PSP 167: What is Emotional Contamination OCD?

What is Emotional Contamination OCD? OCD can wreak havoc in any family. But one sub-type of OCD that can be particularly painful is emotional contamination OCD. Emotional contamination issues can hurt family relationships and confuse parents. Sadly most people, even mental health professionals, understand very little about how OCD can manifest. OCD isn’t just about germs and constant cleaning. OCD has many themes and sub-types. […]

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