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1 Stress and Anxiety in the Life of Your Child Presented by Caren Baruch-Feldman Mamaroneck SEPTA April 15, 2010

2 GOALS FOR TODAYS TALK 1.Understand the Stress Faced By Children 2. Coping Strategies That Can Be Used by Children, Parents, and School Personnel to Combat Stress

3 Is Stress and Worry Good, Bad, or Something In Between?

4 The Yerkes-Dodson Law of Arousal Performance increases with arousal, but only to a certain point. When levels of arousal become too high, performance will decrease.

5 When Some Concern is Appropriate

6 Why Are Children So Stressed? Pressure to Succeed Need to Be Good at Everything Rushing Children Through Childhood Feeling Out of Control Parental Uncertainty

7 Types of Stress Faced By Children School related Peer related Home life Financial

8 When Should One Be Concerned About Their Childs Level of Stress? Behaving Differently From Usual Avoids Activities That He/She Used to Enjoy. Significant Change in School Performance.

9 How Can Children Turn Their Worry Into an Appropriate Level of Concern To Feel Better? (1)Psycho-Educational (3) Changing Ones Behavior (physiological and avoidance) (2) Changing Ones Thoughts No? Yes!

10 Understanding Stress and Worry *Genetic Predisposition *Worry as a Bad Habit *Choose a Different Path

11 Changing Ones Thoughts How One THINKS About A Situation Affects How One Feels.

12 Experiment 1 Worried Florida Old Lonely Orange Bingo Conservative wrinkle

13 Experiment 2 Picture yourself in the following situation: You are standing in line at the bank. There are about 50 people around. A robber enters and fires his weapon. You get shot in the arm, but no one is hurt. Would you consider yourself lucky or unlucky?

14 Expecting the Worst ……Worrying

15 Changing Ones Thoughts 1) Identify Negative Thoughts. 2) Question and Challenge Those Thoughts. 3) Come Up With More Realistic and Optimistic Thoughts to Feel Better.

16 Questions Children Can Ask Themselves Where is the evidence that what I am expecting will happen? Am I exaggerating? Am I jumping to conclusions? Am I focusing just on the bad things? Is it helpful how I am thinking ?

17 Changing Behavior: Physical Sensations Be A Detective Change Your Breath

18 Changing Behavior: Dont Avoid Facing Ones Fear or Stress Manageable and Hierarchical Manner Success Breeds Success

19 Putting It All Together

20 What Parents Can Do Sharing Ones Own Experiences Exercise Eating and Sleep Right Be A Good Role Model-Mirror Neurons Identify Strengths and Talents Grateful Activity Journal the Positive


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