The Gift of Anxiety and Depression Prevention: Skills We Can and Should Be Teaching Our Children
When children and teens are in the grips of worry and anxiety, adults often feel stuck as well. Parents, educators, and many therapists feel overwhelmed by the frequency and intensity of anxiety in the children they care about. They don’t know what to do and things that feel most loving and intuitive often make the problems worse. Untreated anxiety in children is one of the top predictors of depression in adolescence and young adulthood but research proves that teaching children cognitive and social skills can make a difference in preventing the development of these struggles.
Lynn Lyons, LICSW will be at the Fayston Elementary School on Thursday, February 1, 5:30-7:30 to address strategies that work and ones that don’t, offering her perspective on managing and preventing anxiety from taking over children and their families. Such as:
- What adults can do to both prevent anxiety from becoming so powerful and help children manage it when it does show up?
- What is the connection between anxiety and depression?
- Why are breathing, relaxation, and distraction strategies sometimes ineffective?
- What do we do when an anxious child is falling apart?
- How can parents, schools, and outside providers work together more effectively?