Friday, May 3, 2013

All Tangled Up: Identifying Feelings and Strategies to Cope With Anxiety

by Alli

This video demonstrates an intervention that can be done with children who suffer from anxiety. According to a survey conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health, 8 percent of teenagers ages 13-18 have an anxiety disorder with the symptoms emerging around age 6. All children experience some anxiety. Treatment is only necessary if the anxiety becomes severe enough to interfere with the child’s normal activities.  Interventions can help when children are feeling overwhelmed and make their anxieties more manageable.

This intervention is called “All Tangled Up” and the idea of the intervention is to help the child externalize their worry and to show them that using one of these strategies can help calm themselves down and eliminating their anxious feelings. This intervention could be done by a social worker or the child’s parents.


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