"Children are perceptive sponges! Lead by example."- lori cull-deshmukh
Does your child….
Anxiety is often confused with behavior problems. When it comes to young children, anxiety tends to manifest as changes in behavior. These changes can be subtle and hard to detect at first, but over time they snowball.
Anxiety is a natural reaction to stress. Some anxiety is actually good for us. It can protect us and keep us safe. Anxiety, however, can become a problem when excessive worry interferes with normal
daily living. For children, it’s important to pay attention to changes at school and at home.
Where To Start
If you are unsure about your child’s behaviors, keep a log and look for patterns.
Information about the episodes that could be helpful are:
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety in children can present in many different forms. In addition to behavior
outbursts, here are some more common symptoms:
How to Support Your Child
Anxious feelings are part of growing up. Children will be in unfamiliar situations where they learn ways for dealing with situations and others. This is how children learn social and emotional skills that will assist them throughout their life. The goal is to help your child manage anxiety. If you suspect that your child’s anxiety is mild, taking these steps may help:
Finally…and most important
Children are perceptive sponges! Lead by example and show them ways you cope with anxiety. Let them hear and see you manage calmly, tolerating a situation and feeling good about getting through it.
interfere with his or her normal daily living, seek an evaluation from a licensed mental
Lori Cull-Deshmukh, LMSW
Child and Family Therapist