Anxiety in Kids
If a child has persistent feelings of worry and fear, it could ...
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Every child is different. What one child finds triggering, another child may not. Here’s some situations your child may find distressing:
The fear underlying social anxiety is usually related to a belief or thought about something bad happening.
They may think “I might say something stupid and people will stop liking me”.
This can lead to a number of symptoms including:
The first step is tuning in to your child and noticing if they are particularly anxious about social situations. Some of the following ideas can help:
Affirm your child’s strengths and their worth
Teach them relaxation techniques such as breathing, meditation, muscle relaxation
Teach assertive communication and how it is different to being passive or aggressive
Do some role plays – if your child needs to have a difficult conversation with someone practice with them first
Practice being in social situations but start with easier ones first and work up to more difficult situations gradually
Put any setbacks into perspective – encourage your child to challenge unrealistic or negative thoughts and to not give up
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