How Parents Can Help

    • Be consistent with problem-solving strategies and discipline administration
    • Maintain realistic, attainable goals and expectations for your child
    • Maintain a consistent, but flexible, routine for homework, chores, and activities
    • Accept mistakes as a normal part of growing up and learning experiences
    • Praise and positively reinforce your child’s effort
    • Practice situational events (i.e. speaking in public) until a comfort level is reached
    • Listen to and talk with your child on a regular basis regarding their concerns and avoid being critical
    • Seek professional help if their anxiety level becomes problematic and interferes with their daily activities


Useful Websites:

Anxiety Disorders Association of America - www.aada.org

National Mental Health Association - www.nmha.org

*This information was derived from a handout entitled, “Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders in Children: Information for Parents,” by Thomas J. Huberty, PhD, NCSP in Helping Children at Home and School II: Handouts for Familes and Educators, NASP 2004.