Anxiety in Children
Therapist Laurie Chaikind McNulty gives the low-down on anxiety in kids + tools you can use to help your child
by Steve Silvestro, MD @zendocsteve
As your kids get older, you begin to realize that middle-of-the-night wake-ups and diaper changes weren’t really the hard part of parenting.
Once your children begin to grow into people, it’s clear that raising kids is…messy.
And if your child is dealing with anxiety–when you see that his fears and worries are holding him back–it can be heartbreaking, especially if you don’t know how to help.
This episode is going to give you everything you need to understand–and help–your child with anxiety.
My guest is Laurie Chaikind McNulty, LCSW-C, an amazing child and family therapist who possesses a talent for connecting with families and guiding them on a path toward wellness. She has had extensive training in mental health and evidence-based treatment, including participation in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Scholar Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Within KKI, she lead a team of professionals implementing attachment-based protocols to increase parent-child connection, and thus reduce problem behaviors from a family systems perspective. She is currently practicing child and family therapy at Jonah Green and Associates in Kensington, Maryland.
If your child has dealt with anxiety, you need to hear this conversation.
Take a listen on your favorite podcast app or in the player below:
In This Episode, We Talk About:
- Why kids are dealing with so much anxiety today
- The root of children’s anxiety
- How to tell the difference between age-appropriate behavior & anxiety-related behavior
- How to know when your child might need therapy, medication, or a new team
- Ways that anxiety can present itself in your child–besides “fear”
- Practical tools you can use at home to help your child with anxiety
- Separation Anxiety
- Social Anxiety
- Fear of vomiting
- How to prevent your anxious child from ramping up — and how to help them wind back down
- Tips for parents to keep their cool when their child is feeling anxious
- …and a whole lot more!
Scroll up to the player above to listen, or hear it on your favorite podcast app!
Important Resources for You to Use:
- The Anxiety Cure for Kids, by Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, Robert DuPont, Caroline DuPont
- Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, by Tamar Chansky
- Anxiety-Free Kids, by Bonnie Zucker
- Ish, by Peter H. Reynolds
- Beautiful Oops, by Barney Saltzberg
- No-Drama Discipline, by Dan Siegel
Related Child Repair Guide Episodes
- This Tool Can Help Your Child Sleep (A ‘Cloud Story’ Guided Meditation for Kids)
- Mindfulness for Children – with Susan Kaiser Greenland