Coping skills for kids with anticipatory anxiety

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Coping skills for kids with anticipatory anxiety

It’s very common for children and teens to have what I call anticipatory anxiety. Anxiety that is anticipating a test, or other performance that may be coming up for them. The first thing I like to do is find out more about what they’re afraid of. Maybe they’re worried about not being able to remember some key aspect of information. Maybe they’re worried about how they’re going to get teased on the playground, if they don’t do well on the test. So finding out what the specific fear is about is a really great place to start. And then after that you can really help your child to think of some solutions that they can use to help calm themselves and some strategies so that they can handle their specific fear.

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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