Anxiety is a normal emotion that everyone, including children, experiences at some point. It can help us to survive, keep safe and even perform better. However, some kids may become anxious more easily, more often and more intensely than others. Anxiety is problematic if it starts to interfere significantly in a child’s life or causes high levels of distress.
We know that excessive anxiety is linked with an increased risk for several challenges experienced by children and adolescents, including impaired interpersonal, academic and social functioning. If left untreated, anxiety can persist into adulthood, and can occur alongside depression.
With 6.9% of children and adolescents in Australia currently living with an anxiety disorder, Wise Institute is committed to providing the best support to children and their families to help them get the most out of life.
Supporting your child and your family
For many years, Katherine Sayer-Jones, has been dedicated to supporting children and families affected by clinical anxiety. Katherine’s passion for providing guidance and coaching for children and their parents, has seen her working with families throughout a child’s development, as a resource for assistance during the school years.
Katherine supports children and adolescents to implement strategies while empowering parents as coaches and enabling important conversations between parents and their children. She has worked with children for over five years focusing on social skill development and in the areas of special needs and anxiety. She approaches her work with families with warmth and genuine care. Read more about Katherine and her experience here.
Katherine is also an accredited provider of Cool Kids, an evidence based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program. CBT is a type of psychological treatment that helps a person recognise negative or unhelpful thought patterns or behaviours. Research has indicated CBT based approaches to anxiety management are very effective for children, adolescents and adults who experience anxiety. For more than 20 years CBT has been shown to be most effective at reducing symptoms of severe anxiety.
The Cool Kids program
Cool Kids is a structured 10 session program run over a minimum of 10 weeks that teaches children and their parents how to better manage a child’s anxiety. The program is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), involves the participation of children and parents, and focuses on teaching practical skills. Topics covered in the program include:
- Learning about anxiety
- Learning to think realistically
- Parenting an anxious child
- Facing fears using stepladders and
- Learning coping skills such as assertiveness or problem solving
The Cool Kids program was developed by Macquarie University and has been running since 1993. The program has undergone continual scientific evaluation and development to include the latest understanding of anxiety and its treatment. It has been translated into a number of languages and today, is used in clinics, schools and hospitals around the world.
This program can be delivered on an individual basis or in group format.
Want to find out more?
As an accredited provider of Cool Kids, we’re happy to announce that Katherine will be now delivering this program here at Wise Institute. To learn more about Cool Kids and how to get started with this program, enquire here.