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Anxiety

There are many types of anxiety, however, generalised anxiety disorder is a term used to describe excessive anxiety and worry about a number of events or activities. Children and young people find it difficult to control the worry and the anxiety starts interfering with daily tasks. Children affected by anxiety can display some of the following characteristics:

  • worry about their competence and performance e.g. in school work
  • restlessness
  • feeling on edge
  • mind going blank
  • disturbed sleep
  • irritability
  • easily fatigued
  • changes in appetite

Children experiencing difficulties with excessive anxiety and worry about a number of events or activities may be referred for formal assessment. There a number of other common anxiety disorders that may be diagnosed including generalised anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, panic disorder and selective mutism.

How Can I help my child?

Children and young people with Generalised Anxiety will benefit from the following from you as a parent and professionals working with you:-

  • Asking the child or young person ‘You seem to be worried a lot lately, I am concerned’
  • Encouraging the child or young person to talk to others
  • Provide a job or role which includes positive socialisation and reinforcement
  • Relaxation strategies such as deep breathing and muscle relaxation
  • Organise a referral to a psychologist
  • Encourage your child to contact services such as ‘Kids Help Line’

How Can Learning Links Help?

Learning Links offers a range of services that can help children with anxiety.

Assessment – Learning Links’ Psychologists conduct assessments to evaluate concerns around anxiety and can make a formal diagnosis of Generalised Anxiety Disorder or an alternate diagnosis around anxiety. Read more

Literacy Support – Learning Links’ Specialist Educators provide individualised literacy and numeracy programs that cater for your child to re-teach areas your child may have missed and utilise strategies to promote ongoing learning. Read more

Occupational Therapy- Learning Links Occupational Therapists can assist your child with time management skills to structure their day more productively. Read more

Speech Pathology – Learning Links’ Speech Pathologists can assist your child to communicate their needs correctly to ensure levels of anxiety are reduced. Read more

Psychological support – Children who present with anxiety may benefit from well researched intervention such as cognitive behavioural therapy. Learning Links offers specific anxiety based interventions such as ‘Cool Kids’, ‘Chilled’ or ‘FRIENDS’. Learning Links’ Psychologists can support children and help with strategies and ways to cope with the presenting anxiety.  Read more

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