Addressing Anxiety in Children


As we set resolutions for the new year, it might be beneficial to address the anxiety that seems to permeate so much of our daily encounters. If you are not feeling anxious yourself, you are likely to cross paths with those experiencing anxiety, including your children and other family members.


“Stress and anxiety increase when we’re in situations over which we have little or no control (a car going off the road, tripping on the stairs, reading in public). All people, young and old, can experience overwhelming stress and exhibit signs of anxiety, but children, adolescents, and adults with dyslexia are particularly vulnerable. That’s because many individuals do not fully understand the nature of their learning disability, and as a result, tend to blame themselves for their own difficulties. Years of self-doubt and self-recrimination may erode a person’s self-esteem, making them less able to tolerate the challenges of school, work, or social interactions and more stressed and anxious. (”The Dyslexia-Stress-Anxiety Connection” International Dyslexia Association publication)


These articles are good resources for addressing anxiety in children:

What to Do and Not Do When Children Are Anxious

How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids

How to Help Your Child Manage Fear


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