Helping Children Cope with Anxiety

  • Validate the child's feelings and understand his/her worries are real to him/her
  • Model appropriate responses to stress
  • Teach relaxation techniques such as: deep breathing, self talk, counting down, and tensing and releasing muscles
  • Allow child to utilize a stress ball when appropriate
  • Try to minimize emphasis on competition
  • Encourage calming activities such as silent reading or listening to music
  • Provide routines and schedules when appropriate
Last Modified on January 21, 2013