A SEMINAR designed to enable parents and teachers to better recognise, manage and minimise the anxiety of their children will be held at Rosebud next month.
Parenting expert, award-winning speaker and author Michael Grose and wellbeing expert and researcher Dr Jodi Richardson will host the Anxious Kids seminar at Rosebud Secondary College, 7- 9pm, Thursday 1 August.
The pair are touring Australia to present their evidence-based approach to managing children’s anxiety.
They will speak about tools and strategies for helping children as outlined in their book Anxious Kids.
“Disturbingly, it takes 8.2 years on average between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis of an anxiety disorder,” Mr Grose said.
“For a child experiencing anxiety, that can mean many years of learning difficulties, unhappiness and lost opportunities. We believe this is an unacceptable statistic.”
Parents, teachers and other professionals who work with children play a critical role in helping children to recognise and manage their anxious feelings. The seminar is designed especially for them.
Attendees will learn how to know if a child or teenager is experiencing anxiety, the origins of anxiety and how it impacts on children and teens, and how to respond constructively when a child or teen is anxious.
They will receive tools to teach children to help regulate their anxiety, as well as which lifestyle factors they can use to minimise anxiety.
Other tips cover why avoidance of anxiety-inducing events is not the answer and what to do instead, and how to create a wellbeing plan for a child or young person.
Tickets are available through the Parenting Ideas website.