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Supporting an Anxious Child

An online course for parents

Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal, biological response to scary situations, it has kept humans alive for thousands of years. That little 'internal alarm' goes off when we need to run (flight), stay still (freeze), or fight; these are sometimes known as the 3 F's. We can also go into other modes in these situations such as 'submit' or 'flop'.

This internal alarm is great, but just like a smoke alarm, sometimes it can go off for a bit of burnt toast instead of a fire.

Anxiety isn't an easy sensation to experience but the more we understand it, the better we get at re-setting our alarm. 

We can also get anxiety mixed up with other emotions such as worry or overwhelm, the more we learn about emotions the more we discover what they feel like, why we feel them, and find ways to sit with them until the moment has passed.

At Bridge the Gap we help parents and children learn more about anxiety and other emotions. We do this through private 1:1 support, parent and child sessions, creative expressive therapies, ACT therapy, and small group sessions. We can deliver these both online and in-person at our family wellbeing hub.

There are plenty of free resources on this website to help you, as well as videos on our Facebook groups and YouTube channel.

Supporting an Anxious Child Webinar

A pre-recorded session is available to watch now here.

Videos to watch together

Age 5 +

Age 12 +

FREE Downloads

The Fight Response
An opportunity for children to explore the fight response with their trusted adult.
The Freeze Response
A sheet to help children explore the freeze response with their trusted adult.
The FLIGHT Response
An activity for a child to complete with their trusted adult.
Connection and Co-Regulation Website (1)
Information and activities to support young people.
What is Worry
A worksheet for children and young people to help them to understand their worry.
Anxiety Help
Anxiety explained and ideas to help.
49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child
From the amazing team at Gozen.com - 49 alternatives to 'fix it' statements.
When I feel Worried Activity Sheet
An activity, colouring sheet to help children to explore where they feel worry and anxiety.
When I feel Worried Activity Sheet
lp your child to explore where and how they feel their anxiety and worry.
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5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Grounding

Help children to support this grounding strategy in a proactive way, this helps them to be able to access it in times of crisis.

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