Treatment Programs for Childrens & Teens

We have a number of treatment programs for anxiety. The programs are ideal for children and teenagers experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety and OCD.

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    Cool Kids programs

    The Cool Kids program (Macquarie University) is a structured, skills-based program that teaches children and their parents how to better manage the child’s anxiety. It involves the participation of both children and their parents, and focuses on teaching clear and practical skills

    Outcomes: Research shows that young people who complete the Cool Kids® program show significant improvement in school attendance, academic achievement, confidence, number of friends and involvement in extra-curricular activities and decreases in worry, shyness, fear and family distress.

    Parent involvement: One of the most beneficial aspects of the Cool Kids® programs is the involvement of parents in learning how best to parent their anxious child or teen. Helping anxious parents learn how to manage their own anxiety and model the skills learned, also benefits the parent, the child and the whole family.

    Anxiety House offers three versions of the Cool Kids® programs tailored to different age groups and needs. Please click on the relevant program for your child.

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    Cool Little Kids (children 3-6 yrs of age)

    Cool Little Kids® program is aimed at children aged 3-6yrs who are shy and who have a parent who is somewhat anxious or depressed. The program educates parents about how to help and parent their overly anxious, shy or inhibited young child. The Topics covered in the program include

    • The nature of anxiety
    • Principles of managing anxious children
    • Helping your child overcome his/her anxiety
    • Realistic thinking
    • Helping your child overcome his/her anxiety

     

    What’s involved?
    The program involves 12 x 1 hourly sessions, held over 12-16 weeks. Sessions are to be attended by parents only. Children do not attend. Resources: 1 Parent Workbook is additional

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    Cool Kids® (children 7-12 yrs. of age)

    The program is aimed at children aged 7 to 12 years, who have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The Cool Kids program is a structured, skills-based program that teaches children and their parents how to better manage the child’s anxiety. It involves the participation of both children and their parents, and focuses on teaching clear and practical skills. The program has undergone continual scientific evaluation and development to include the latest understanding of anxiety and its treatment.

    Topics covered in the program include:

    • Learning about feelings and anxiety
    • Detective thinking, and learning to think more realistically
    • Ways that parents can help
    • Fighting fear by facing fear (stepladders)
    • Learning to solve a problem
    • Building assertiveness and dealing with teasing

     

    Outcome: Current results indicate that most young people who complete our programs show significant improvement. Following treatment, there are marked increases in school attendance, academic achievement, confidence, number of friends and involvement in extra-curricular activities and decreases in worry, shyness, fear and family distress.

    What’s involved?
    The program involves 10 x 1 hourly sessions, held over 10 weeks. Resources: Parent and Child workbooks are additional.

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    Chilled® (teens 13-17 yrs of age)

    The Chilled Anxiety Program is a scientifically tested course that teaches teens

    and their parents how to better manage anxiety. Young people aged 12 – 14 who have problems with anxiety. Parents are required to attend some of the sessions. It is a group program involving the participation of both teens and their parents, and focuses on teaching clear and practical skills.

    Topics covered in the program include:

    • Learning about anxiety
    • Learning to think more realistically
    • Ways that parents can help
    • Fighting fear by facing fear (stepladders)
    • Managing emotions
    • Learning to solve a problem
    • Building assertiveness and dealing with teasing
    • Learning coping strategies
    • Outcome

     

    Current results indicate that around 80% of young people who complete the program show significant improvement

    What’s involved?
    The program involves 10 x 1 hourly sessions, held over 12-16 weeks. Sessions are to be attended by parents only. Children do not attend. Parent and Adolescent workbooks are additional.

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    “No worries” for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

    The No Worries! Program is a manualised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Program developed specifically for children aged (7-12 years) with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (or GAD). The No Worries! program was developed to target “negative thinking” as well as symptoms

    commonly reported by children with GAD including sleep difficulties and perfectionism. The No Worries! program is a cognitively-focussed treatment program

    Outcome

    Current results indicate that after completing “No worries” children with GAD showed significant improved.

    What’s involved?

    The Child Program consists of ten, one hour sessions, conducted weekly, as well as two booster sessions conducted one and three months post-treatment. There is also a parent component to this program. Two booster sessions conducted one and three months post treatment.

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    Learning about OCD and fighting back

    The Learning about OCD and fighting back program is a Cognitive Behavioural Treatment program for OCD written by OCD expert Dr Cynthia Turner. The program is a proven method for helping those with OCD.

    Topics include:

    • What is OCD?
    • Learning to fight back
    • Fighting back using ERP
    • Relapse Prevention

     

    What’s involved?

    The Child Program consists of 14 session program for children and adolescents with OCD and their families. There is also a parent component to this program. Two booster sessions conducted one and three months post treatment. Ideally one parent is present each session. Resources: Child workbooks are included.