Anxiety in Children and Teens

Children show their anxiety by:

  • Becoming defiant
  • Refusing to follow instructions
  • Screaming
  • Crying
  • Being fearful
  • Hitting parents
  • Refusing to go to bed
  • Refusing to eat
  • Avoiding activities with friends
  • Stomach aches

“Parents, you are the mirror that your child is looking into to see who they are.” -Eli Lebowitz

Parent Based Intervention

SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) is a program to help you, the parent/parents, create an environment that decreases the emotions and conflict created by anxiety. If it seems like you have tried everything and nothing helps, this approach is the next step. SPACE was developed by Eli Lebowitz at the Yale Child Studies Center. With help, you will begin to understand how your well intentioned support has accidentally maintained or even increased your child’s anxiety. Adapting your response will allow your child to strengthen their ability tolerate uncomfortable feelings and do hard things. You are not alone and you don’t have to figure this out on your own. SPACE empowers parents to come together, implement a clear plan, and watch as their child experiences decreased anxiety and increased success.

https://www.spacetreatment.net

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