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ALARM AND ANXIETY

Humans have a built-in survival kit, which is meant to respond to perceived threats and keep us safe. Generally speaking, this response serves us quite well, especially when the threat is obvious and occasional. When our alarm system is working as it should it can be incredibly helpful to keep us safe, but what happens when the threat does not go away? Our children are often entering our classrooms in survival mode and bringing with them the behaviours that make it challenging for us to take the lead and build relationships with them. This session will explore the roots of anxiety and offer practical suggestions for how we can support children to find emotional rest.

The child who is Anxious Webinar

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The Child Who is Anxious

 Presentation Handout

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Supporting Students in the Classrooms

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WEBINAR: Alarm and anxiety, how to help your children

Eva de Gosztonyi

When the world is full of alarm and our children show signs of anxiety, what are we to do? After briefly looking at how the alarm system is meant to work, we will then explore what happens when it gets overworked. Finally, we will look at interventions and practices that can help our children who come to us and need help managing in a restless world.

 

To view the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0lowOYuUJs

To download the handout

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Leading Our Kids Back To School

Deborah MacNamara

Re-entry has begun and we are now preparing to return to parts of our lives, like work and schooling, without knowing exactly what this looks like.  How do we lead our children? What do they need from us? Can they adapt to the new realities of social distancing at schools and will this create anxiety and emotional problems for them? 

To read more: https://www.cebm.ca/post/leading-our-kids-back-to-school

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Kids Need a Safe Space to Feel

Hannah Beach

Our kids are experiencing an emotional crisis. Children are more anxious, aggressive, and shut down than ever. We are seeing clear evidence of this in our schools, our homes, our neighbourhoods and our community spaces. 

 

To read more: https://www.cebm.ca/post/kids-need-a-safe-space-to-feel

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Kids are playing “coronavirus tag.” Should we be worried?

Deborah MacNamara

Like many of us, my family recently learned that my son’s school would be shut down due to the coronavirus epidemic. On his last day of school before the shut down, we were chatting, when he casually told me he had been playing “coronavirus tag” with his friends at lunch! 

 

To read more: https://www.cebm.ca/post/kids-are-playing-coronavirus-tag-should-we-be-worried

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The Emotional Roots of Anxiety: Healing Through Connection

Deborah MacNamara

From waves of panic to uneasy feelings that rise up from the gut, anxiety is a universal human experience. It comes as no surprise then, that anxiety continues to be one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health issues in children and adults today, with the World Health Organization naming it as one of the leading concerns among children ages 4 to 17 worldwide.

 

To read more: https://www.cebm.ca/post/the-emotional-roots-of-anxiety-healing-through-connection

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Helping the Anxious Child or Teen Find Rest

Deborah MacNamara

As a parent it is challenging when you feel helpless to effect change for a child who is suffering or anxious. Parents often ask their kids “Just tell me what’s wrong,” or “what can I do to help you,” only to stare into blank faces or be given reasons that defy understanding. 

 

To read more: https://www.cebm.ca/post/helping-the-anxious-child-or-teen-find-rest

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