Understanding Anxiety Through a Child’s Eyes
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC
Executive Director, AllCEUs Counselor Education
Host: Counselor Toolbox Podcast
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~ Identify symptoms of anxiety in children
~ Review common misdiagnoses
~ Explain how children’s developmental stage impacts their fears
~ Propose interventions to help children deal with anxiety
~ Children’s cognitive, physical and experiential differences make their anxiety different than that of adults
~ Children’s symptoms of anxiety also often manifest differently with more irritability, defiance and somatic complaints.
~ Anxiety disorders are frequently misdiagnosed as ADD, autism, ODD and PTSD
~ Children’s fears often focus around Maslow’s lower three needs: Biological, Safety, Love and Belonging
~ Addressing anxiety means helping the child understand, in a developmentally appropriate way, that they will have what they need, they are safe and they will always belong and be loved.