Tell Fear to Take a Hike: 5 Strategies to Help Anxious Children Embrace Summer Activities.
Charlotte, NC (Vocus) June 9, 2010
Christopher McCarthy of ITR releases an article to help kids deal with summertime fears, "Tell Fear to Take a Hike: 5 Strategies to Help Anxious Children Embrace Summer Activities."
In Tell fear to take a hike: 5 strategies to help anxious children embrace summer activities, Christopher McCarthy offers powerful strategies for parents to help their anxious children embrace summer activities.
The five strategies discussed are:
Visualization- a technique that helps children mentally prepare to experience that fear provoking activity. Each day for ten to fifteen minutes, the child finds a comfortable spot to close their eyes and picture him or herself being strong, happy and capable of handling the situation.
Previewing- allows the child to experience the first exposure to the new experience in a safe, predictable manner. Dispelling fear through previewing can greatly reduce a child's anxiety.
Strategizing- helps the anxious child cope better by having a plan for how to handle their anxieties. The plan should incorporate things to do, people to turn to, and safe places to go to calm their fears.
Exposure- Anxieties lessen as a child develops tolerance to the feared person, place, or thing. Just as a vaccination exposes the immune system to a small amount of virus in order to build up a tolerance to it, so the brain also must be exposed to the anxiety producing stimulus in order to build up a tolerance. Exposure is a proven technique that helps children face and overcome their anxieties.
Follow-up- is an important step that is often overlooked. By reviewing the child's progress, the parent can dispute any distorted beliefs about the dreaded event and their inability to cope with it.
The Turnaround program that Dr. Colletti endorsed is based upon cognitive-behavioral therapy , which has shown conclusive results in the treatment of anxiety and depression. The program invites the listening child to join 6 other anxious children on an imagined 10 day hiking trip with two “Docs” and a mentor teen named Emily. These children struggle with anxiety disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder , Panic Attacks, Perfectionism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Separation Anxiety Disorder , Social Phobia, and School-based fears . Emily acts as the narrator and guide while Dr. David and Dr. Chris lead the children though each day’s adventurous lesson. The children meet imaginary characters and hear testimony from many other children about how they learned to conquer their fears and anxieties.
The Turnaround Audio Program includes:
Turnaround Program for kids (10 CDs)
Turnaround Journal, a 74 page workbook for kids
Chill Kit, relaxation guide for kids (1 CD)
Parent Guide, packed full of helpful information and techniques to help parents (2 CDs)
A BONUS CD titled Med FAQs in also included. Med FAQs is an interview with nationally recognized Neuropsychiatrist, Dr. James Lee, offering a comprehensive discussion on the medications used to treat child anxiety is also included.
For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release or for a demo, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ITR at (704) 208-4304 or (704) 293-2994 Please visit http://www.myanxiouschild.com to learn more about Turnaround: Turning Fear Into Freedom.
About Informed Therapy Resources (ITR):
Informed Therapy Resources (ITR) is dedicated to creating mental health treatment programs that are scientifically based, proven clinically effective, and professionally developed- using creative, eye-catching audio visual materials
David Russ, PhD, Psychologist
Dr. David A. Russ is President and a Licensed Practicing Psychologist of Carolinas Counseling Group in Charlotte, NC. He and his partners have built a busy practice with 11 clinicians. His doctoral dissertation was original research about a novel treatment for anxiety. He is co-author of the book, "More Than Me," published by NavPress. Dr. Russ has been an adjunct or visiting professor for four different graduate counseling programs. He has been continuously providing care for over 20 years. He has been happily married since 1983
Christopher T. McCarthy, MEd, Licensed Professional Counselor
Christopher McCarthy, MEd, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in treating child anxiety disorders, teen behavioral issues, parent-child relationship issues, and couple conflict. He co-owns Informed Therapy Resources and co-created Turnaround: Turning Fear Into Freedom™, a professional and creative audio program designed to help kids get free from anxiety and fear (myanxiouschild.com). He has 3 Masters Degrees and is finishing a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. He gives lectures on parenting and improving couple relationships. He has been in private practice since 1998 and is married with 3 children.
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