Presentation on theme: "Helping Your Child Manage Stress and Anxiety"— Presentation transcript:
1 Helping Your Child Manage Stress and Anxiety Vicki Hilliard, lswDebby Rockwood, LISW-S
2 Stress and ChildrenAll children experience stress and anxiety at times. Stress and anxiety is expected and normal at certain stages of development: * Infants-preschool age can experience separation anxiety. * Young children have short lived fears (dark, storms…). Stress and anxiety becomes a problem when it begins to interfere with daily activities. Pay attention to changes in your child’s behavior so you can take action to help with your child’s stress.
3 Common Causes of Stress for Children: New siblingsMovingStarting school/childcareFamily illness or deathDivorceNew stage of development (adolescence)Over involvementAcademicsUnfamiliar situationsChange in routineNot all of these stressors will effect everychild. Children handle their reactions tostress differently. Some children havenatural abilities to cope with stress, whileothers need guidance and to build healthycoping skills.
4 How Can I Tell If My Child Is Stressed? Daydreams frequentlyDifficulty concentratingDull or vacant expressionAggressive, angry, irritableWithdraws from othersBecomes more fearful or anxiousHas more headaches, stomach aches, or physical complaintsNo energyChange in appetiteTrouble sleepingImpulsive behavior or defianceLosses interest in activities-isolates selfNervous behaviors-nail biting, stuttering, teeth grindingFalling gradesSome of these symptoms are normal at different stages of development. Pay attention to significant changes in your child’s behavior.
5 REMEMBER…Some level of stress is normal. Let your child know that all feelings are OK, and encourage them to share their feelings.Reassure your child that they have the coping skills to handle any situation.