Counselor's Corner

March Notes from Your Counselor.......................................Gloria Silverberg

How to Help your Child Cope with Anxiety: 

Symptoms of Anxiety          

  • Extreme shyness, quietness                                               
  • Hesitant to participate in social activities                      
  • Discomfort being center of attention
  • Avoids schoolwork
  • Telephones home frequently
  • Absent from school too much
  • Trouble paying attention
  • What if-ers?
  • Expects the worst
  • Worries about upsetting others
  • Perfectionists
  • Worries about failure
  • Lacks self-confidence

Response to Anxiety

  • Listen                                             * Get Sleep                       * Use humor
  • Be a calm influence                         * Exercise                          * Try lavender & sunlight
  • Remind that anxiety will end            * Breathe deeply                * Omega-3, chamomile, L-lysine

Anxiety Disorders

  • Separation Anxiety Disorder                                               
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder                                            
  • Social Phobia                                                                            
  • Specific Phobia                                                                         
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

When Anxiety becomes a Disorder

  • Avoidance
  • Interference in Activities
  • Causes Distress
  • Persistent

Challenge Negative Thoughts

  • Is there another way to view it?
  • Brainstorm pro's and con's
  • Evaluate consequences
  • Put it in perspective (big picture)
  • What has happened before?

Challenge Anxious Thoughts

  • Listen (You are Not Your Thoughts)                                         
  • Empathize, but don't try to fix it                                        
  • Empower child to brainstorm ideas                                 
  • Identify 'Helpful' vs. 'Unhelpful' Thinking                     
  • Consider the effect of changing your thinking

Managing Anxiety in the School Setting

  • Be sensitive, but not over accommodating   
  • Give positive feedback/don't criticize                             
  • Be calm & consistent                                                             
  • Slowly face fears     
  • Don't over control or be too directive                            
  • Don't let your child avoid too much or be ridiculed


  • Teach Relaxation Techniques
  • Practice Cognitive Behavior Strategies
  • Deep Breathing and Mindfulness Meditation
  • Movement, exercise, yoga
  • Visualize calm images
  • Drawing, journaling, talking
  • Notice 5 Things that you hear and see

NIH & NIMH are wonderful local resources.  You can email kids with worries for more information.

Recommended Books: 

Anxiety-Free Kids:  An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children; 2 nd  Edition by Bonnie Zucker

Sitting Like A Frog by Eline Snel

Good Morning Yoga by Mariam Gates & Moody Cow Meditations


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Mrs. Gloria Silverberg



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