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Emotional Well-Being and
Resilience
Managing Anxiety
• Anxiety is a normal and
essential part of the
human condition.
• Learning techniques to
mediate competence
and confidence can be
useful for dealing with
anxiety for the rest of
your child’s life.
10 Top Tips
• Managing Anxiety
• Nurture Resilience
• Take Responsibility
• Develop
Persistence
1) Encourage your child to face
his/her fears, not run away from them.
• Avoidance of anxiety-
provoking situations
maintains/increases anxiety.
• If a child faces his or her
fears, the child will learn that
the anxiety reduces naturally
on its own, over time.
• Break down larger
challenges into stages and
choose achievable
challenges to work on at
first, increasing the level of
challenge slowly over time.
2) Prioritise the Process not the
Outcome.
• If you focus on how you work
through a problem or task,
your child will know what to
do next time.
• Sometimes good enough is
good enough.
• Do not be scared about
being honest about strengths
and weaker skills this is how
we know what to work on.
• Five positive comments to
one area to work on.
3) Focus on the Positives
• Give highly specific praise so
that children know what
made them successful and
they can repeat it.
• Children who experience
positive, reward based
behaviour management are
often more confident and
feel more competent than
their peers who have a
deficit or punishment based
model.
4) Plan Relaxing Activities
• Children as, well as adults,
need to know how to
relax and how to be calm,
how to self-soothe.
• Play calming activities,
play sensory attention
games, teach children
how to control their
breathing and make it fun.
• Model self care and
relaxation
• Mindfulness
5) Teach Your Child to Take
Responsibility
• Let your child take on small
roles of responsibility which
will allow them to feel
competent and confident.
• Let them take responsibility
for their own actions. A
reason for a behaviour is not
an excuse they still need to
make amends and apologise
and manage the feeling of
guilt.
• Being able to repair
relationships helps them to
feel more secure and
reliable.
6) Set up challenges, and praise
your child.
• Give your child achievable
small-step challenges
regularly and then if your
child faces his or her fears,
or meets a challenge, praise
them, tell them why they
were successful.
• Motivators and praise are
really useful to engage your
child with the challenge, but
overtime the child/
adolescent will be rewarded
by their own success of
meeting a challenge.
7) Have established routines for your
child.
• Research points to
the importance of
consistent, reliable,
predictable family
routines, where
children know what
the expectations
are.
8) Help your child to
problem solve.
• This does not mean solving
the problem for your child.  It
means helping your child to
identify possible solutions. If
your child can generate
solutions, that is great.  If
not, generate some potential
solutions for your child and
ask your child to pick the
solution that he or she thinks
would work best.
9) Stay calm, model how to
process anxiety. 
• Children look to their
parents to determine
how to react in
situations.
• when you want to
reduce your child's
anxiety, you must
manage your own
anxiety.
10) Never Give Up!
• Those who persist
succeed so:
• Demonstrate
persistence
• Talk about persistence
• Make persistence a part
of life
• And keep it up!
Double click to watch video

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Emotional well being and resilience

  • 2. Managing Anxiety • Anxiety is a normal and essential part of the human condition. • Learning techniques to mediate competence and confidence can be useful for dealing with anxiety for the rest of your child’s life.
  • 3. 10 Top Tips • Managing Anxiety • Nurture Resilience • Take Responsibility • Develop Persistence
  • 4. 1) Encourage your child to face his/her fears, not run away from them. • Avoidance of anxiety- provoking situations maintains/increases anxiety. • If a child faces his or her fears, the child will learn that the anxiety reduces naturally on its own, over time. • Break down larger challenges into stages and choose achievable challenges to work on at first, increasing the level of challenge slowly over time.
  • 5. 2) Prioritise the Process not the Outcome. • If you focus on how you work through a problem or task, your child will know what to do next time. • Sometimes good enough is good enough. • Do not be scared about being honest about strengths and weaker skills this is how we know what to work on. • Five positive comments to one area to work on.
  • 6. 3) Focus on the Positives • Give highly specific praise so that children know what made them successful and they can repeat it. • Children who experience positive, reward based behaviour management are often more confident and feel more competent than their peers who have a deficit or punishment based model.
  • 7. 4) Plan Relaxing Activities • Children as, well as adults, need to know how to relax and how to be calm, how to self-soothe. • Play calming activities, play sensory attention games, teach children how to control their breathing and make it fun. • Model self care and relaxation • Mindfulness
  • 8. 5) Teach Your Child to Take Responsibility • Let your child take on small roles of responsibility which will allow them to feel competent and confident. • Let them take responsibility for their own actions. A reason for a behaviour is not an excuse they still need to make amends and apologise and manage the feeling of guilt. • Being able to repair relationships helps them to feel more secure and reliable.
  • 9. 6) Set up challenges, and praise your child. • Give your child achievable small-step challenges regularly and then if your child faces his or her fears, or meets a challenge, praise them, tell them why they were successful. • Motivators and praise are really useful to engage your child with the challenge, but overtime the child/ adolescent will be rewarded by their own success of meeting a challenge.
  • 10. 7) Have established routines for your child. • Research points to the importance of consistent, reliable, predictable family routines, where children know what the expectations are.
  • 11. 8) Help your child to problem solve. • This does not mean solving the problem for your child.  It means helping your child to identify possible solutions. If your child can generate solutions, that is great.  If not, generate some potential solutions for your child and ask your child to pick the solution that he or she thinks would work best.
  • 12. 9) Stay calm, model how to process anxiety.  • Children look to their parents to determine how to react in situations. • when you want to reduce your child's anxiety, you must manage your own anxiety.
  • 13. 10) Never Give Up! • Those who persist succeed so: • Demonstrate persistence • Talk about persistence • Make persistence a part of life • And keep it up!
  • 14. Double click to watch video

Editor's Notes

  1. We get Anxiety for a reason it is what makes us run so as not to be late, work to meet dead lines and avoid taking dangerous risks. We shouldn’t be afraid of feeling anxious, but we should take note of it and take action.
  2. If we show them that their fears are manageable they will be able to take them on. Braek tasks or challenges down into small manageable steps and support then to take on each step. Give them encouragement and feedback on the way.
  3. Mistakes are how we learn share your own experiences of making mistakes and learning from them. WE learn more from our mistakes is not just a trite saying it is true. Make the focus the process not the outcome
  4. The more you describe positive behaviours, the more positive behaviour you see. The more you describe negative behaviour, the more you see. Make rewards praise and experiences not expensive tangibles. When you say you're clever you are not adding to their processing skills in a meaningfulway.
  5. Not to learn, develop skills or because secondary schools like children to have been on sports teams. Breathing and relaxation games , do activities that expressly help your child to understand relaxation. Mindfulness, simple listening games
  6. Children whose parents make excuses for them stop them from developing the appropriate reparation skills, but also some children then find that admitting guilt is too difficult, as if by avoiding it they have made it more dreadful than it actually is. This can make them very fearful pf making mistakes and overly compliant, or they blame others for their errors. Having an external locus of control is very anxiety provoking as it means that you do not feel able to control your environment.
  7. Completing challenges from when they are young gives them a whole repertoire of experiences to draw on when they have to meet challenges later in life.
  8. Bed Time routines that work for everyone Eating routines, weekly routines, knowing what is going to happen reduces anxieties and develops feelings of security and com<number>petence.
  9. The more solution focussed a child is the more likely they will develop a pattern of problem solving. Allow them to think they solved probelsm, ask for their help, this increases feelings of competence.
  10. We've all seen a young child trip and fall and then look to their parent to see how to react. If the parent seems concerned, the child cries. This is because the child is looking to their parent for a signal of how to react to the situation. Children of all ages pick up on their parent's emotions and resonate with them. Model thinking through a problem, recognise the difficulty and start problem solving.
  11. If you demonstrate persistence your child will be persistent. If you set a challenge keep pushing forwards despite set backs, if you give up the message is they can’t do it, small steps forwards and give support. When they say they have tries, say How many months have you been trying that for?
  12. https://youtu.be/0cF2LyYGDWA