SOCIAL ANXIETY

Emmet is not looking forward to gym class. What will everyone think when he is not very good at Dodge ball.  Worrying about what others are going to think can ruin the fun- maybe making mistakes is not so bad after all.

Social Anxiety

Everybody experiences anxiety, it’s part of our ability to survive danger

It has nothing to do with strength, or courage, or character

Anxiety becomes a problem when it starts to affect a child’s quality of life

Tips and tricks:

Listen. Listen to their thoughts and feelings- respect their fear is real

Telling you child to stop worrying is not going to work

Remind them they are not alone

Don’t avoid situations that cause anxiety- anxiety has a way of growing when we give in to it. Keep trying scary situations.

Don’t give up