Apr 19, 2011, North Vancouver, BC: When the Worry Monster Attacks

North Vancouver, BC

Larson Elementary Parent Advisory Council

When the Worry Monster Attacks: Supporting Children Struggling with Anxiety: The purpose of this workshop is to provide a framework for parents who are working to support and nurture a child who is struggling with anxiety. It is estimated that that at any given time over 42,000 children in BC are experiencing some type of anxiety disorder. Anxiety comes in many shapes and sizes, and manifests differently for younger children than it does for older children and adults. Participants will learn about the different forms of anxiety that are commonly seen in children (including Separation Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, among others). The root “causes” of anxiety disorders will be presented to foster empathy for the very specific difficulties these children confront. Developmentally sensitive symptoms and key warning signs will be discussed, and in particular, we will focus on when fears and worries are just a normal, healthy part of development, and when they become more concerning. Strategies for supporting children with anxiety challenges will also be presented in the hopes that every parent will leave with a better sense of how to help their child put his/her worry monster to rest.

April 19, 2011, 6:30pm-8:30pm