Anxiety House offers a variety of treatment programs for children and teenagers experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety, and OCD.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the preferred treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related issues. Parental involvement in CBT is crucial for younger children. The level of involvement differs depending on the age and disposition of the child/teen and their presenting symptoms.
CBT involves teaching both parent and child with various skills to handle anxiety, which they can practice during and outside of appointments. Once the child has appropriately learned the skills that help better manage their anxiety (i.e. breathing techniques, labelling non-constructive thinking, problem-solving), they will develop a fear ladder or hierarchy for facing their fears. This aspect of the treatment is done at a pace manageable for the child, which is then continually reviewed during appointments.
Anxiety House Sunshine Coast offers specific “Cool Kids” programs. The Cool Kids programs (Macquarie University) is a structured, skill-based program that teaches both child and parent or parents how to better handle the child’s anxiety. The program aims to involve the child and their parents in teaching clear and practical skills. Research shows that young people who have completed the Cool Kids® programs display significant positive development in terms of school attendance, academic achievement, and confidence, as well as a decrease in displayed worry, shyness, fear, and family distress.
One of the most beneficial points of the Cool Kids® programs is parental involvement, particularly regarding the rearing of the child in relation to their anxiety. Helping anxious parents manage their own anxiety and employ skills learned through the programs have also benefited the family units of those who have taken part in the Cool Kids® programs.
Cool Little Kids (children 3-6 yrs of age)
The Cool Little Kids program is aimed at shy children who also have a parent or parents with anxiety or depressive indications. The program aims to educate parents on how to help and raise their overly anxious, shy, or inhibited young child. The program involves twelve one-hour sessions held over a period of twelve to sixteen weeks, and the sessions are only for the parents.
Cool Kids® (children 7-12 yrs. of age)
The Cool Kids program is intended for children diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The program has gone through continual scientific evaluation and development to include the latest interpretations of research and discussion regarding anxiety and its treatment. Topics covered by the program include:
- Learning about feelings and anxiety
- Deductive and realism-based thinking
- Ways that parents can help
- Fighting fear by facing fear (stepladders)
- Developing assertiveness and dealing with teasing
Chilled® (teens 13-17 yrs of age)
The Chilled program is aimed at teenagers with anxiety issues, and parental involvement is required from time to time for certain sessions. The content is similar to the Cool Kids program detailed above, and current results indicate that roughly 80% of the adolescents who complete the program display significant improvement.