Strengthening Children and Teens Against Anxiety
Anxiety is a very normal part of being human, but for as many as one in five children it can reach intrusive levels, interfering with family life, friendships, and school performance. This transformational session will provide parents and carers with the essential information and powerful, practical strategies to help their children and teens thrive through anxiety, whether it’s everyday levels of anxiety or more intrusive.
The Power of the Adolescent Brain – What All Parents Need to Know About the Changes During Adolescence
During adolescence, the brain goes through remarkable changes to support the transition from childhood to adulthood. Understanding these changes can be powerful in helping parents strengthen their connection, increase influence, and support their teens as they navigate towards becoming healthy, happy adults. It will also help make sense of the behaviours and challenges that can be so confusing during adolescence, for both adolescents and the adults who love them.
Building Courage and Resilience.
Courage and resilience are vital qualities that help children adapt in the face of adversity and challenge. It is impossible to ensure our children will always have a smooth path ahead of them. What we can do is nurture in them the qualities they need to move through change, challenge and adversity in ways that will flourish them. Learn the language and strategies that will encourage brave behaviour and resilience in children, and strengthen them from the inside out. Both courage and resilience are qualities that can be cultivated in any child, and parents are in the perfect position to do this.
Building Self-Control and Emotional Regulation in Children – Why It’s So Important and What Parents Can Do
Self-control is a vital skill that is instrumental in helping our children develop into healthy, happy adults. It will take time to take shape – nobody was born knowing how to manage big feelings and delay immediate wants in favour of a longer-term goal, but parents have enormous power to provide children with the experiences that will build this vital skill in their children. This seminar will explore the powerful ways parents can, quite literally, influence the strengthening of the brain in ways that will build self-control, emotional regulation, and resilience in their children for life. We will look at the importance of relationship in nurturing self-control, and how parents can strengthen their connection and influence with their children during childhood and beyond.
For Professionals (Therapists, Educators, Teachers)
These talks can be adapted to be full-day workshops or presentations for one, two, or three+ hours.
Working With Anxiety in Children and Teens
Anxiety is a very normal human response but for as many as 1 in 5 young people, the symptoms become so intrusive, they significantly interfere with day to day living. They can undermine the way children see themselves and shrink their world – but it doesn’t have to be this way. With the right support, children can be empowered with the skills and knowledge to manage anxiety and move forward with courage and resilience. This dynamic workshop will offer a range of practical, powerful interventions to assist participants to respond effectively within their own professional context.
Anxiety in the Classroom – Helping Children Thrive Through Anxiety at School
Anxiety loves anything unfamiliar or any situation that comes with any potential for embarrassment, failure, humiliation, shame, or separation from a loved one – and school is ripe for all of them. Anxiety can significantly affect friendships, confidence, and school performance – but it doesn’t have to be this way. All children and teens need the right support to thrive, and even the smallest considerations can go a long way to helping children with anxiety find the very best version of themselves. This presentation is for teachers or any professional who works with children. It will be packed with practical, powerful, proven ways to strengthen kids and teens against anxiety and build courage and confidence at school.
For Adolescents (High School)
Anxiety During Adolescence – How to Strengthen Against Anxiety.
Everyone experiences anxiety at some point, but add in the whirlwind of changes that come with adolescence, and anxiety can feel like an intrusive beast of a thing that undermines and overwhelms – but it doesn’t have to be this way. This presentation will provide adolescents with information and powerful strategies to strengthen themselves against anxiety, and discover their remarkable capacity for courage and resilience – because the world can’t be brilliant without them.
Thriving Through Adolescence – Making Sense of the Changes and Challenges by Understanding Your Changing (and Amazing) Brain
During adolescence, the brain goes through the most remarkable changes. This is to provide adolescents with the neural power to learn new skills, experiment with the world and their place in it and stretch beyond the familiar as they make the transition from dependent children to independent, healthy, happy adults. The adolescent brain is wired to drive them through this transition, but there will be challenges along the way. Information is power, and with the right information, adolescents will have an expanded capacity to navigate through the challenges, and see the changes they are going through as positive and dynamic.
For Primary School Children
‘Who Doesn’t Get Anxiety!’ – Discovering Your ‘Brave’
Children are powerful when we empower them. The more children and young people can understand about the workings of the brain, the more empowered they will be to make choices that help them thrive. This presentation will focus on providing young people with the information and strategies they need to strengthen and protect themselves against anxiety, so they can discover the calm, courage, and resilience that is in them.
How to be the Boss of Your Brain – Building Social and Emotional IQ
If you could teach one set of skills to every child in the world, what would it be? What if it could be something that would bring intelligence and compassion to decision-making, reduce (or end?) violence, embed within humanity a drive towards kindness, empathy and relationships that connect, heal, nurture and flourish those who are in them? Social-emotional intelligence lies at the heart of this. It has also been shown by abundant research to be vital to individual success and happiness at school and in life. This presentation will provide children with information and strategies to strengthen emotional IQ.
Work With Me.
Karen is available to deliver talks to school, parent and professional groups. These dynamic presentations offer key insights and practical strategies for understanding and strengthening children and adolescents. Presentations can be delivered as professional development seminars, staff in-services, keynotes, or presentations to parents, and/or students, and tailored to suit the individual needs of your audience.
- Kids and Anxiety – How to Help Kids Find Their ‘Brave’.
(This talk can also be adapted to be given directly to children.)
Anxiety is a very normal part of being human. Who hasn’t felt anxious sometimes! This presentation looks at discuss where anxiety comes from, what kids need to know to thrive through anxiety and ‘be the boss of their brains’, and how parents can empower kids to find the courage that is in them.
- How to build courage and resilience in children.
(This talk can also be adapted to be given directly to children.)
Courage and resilience are vital qualities that help children adapt in the face of adversity and challenge, and give them the confidence move towards life-giving opportunities. We will discuss why resilience is so important, and how to nurture these essential qualities in our children.
- Play and the Developing Brain – A Talk for Parents/ Teachers
Play is vital for the development of happy, healthy, socially and emotionally intelligent children. This presentation discusses the role of play in development, and ways to maximise the potential for play to build creativity, and social and emotional intelligence in children.
- Dealing with School Anxiety
How to find happy goodbyes and empower children to find calm at school.
- Building Self-Control in Children
In a landmark study, self-control has been found to be one of the greatest predictors of success. In this talk, we will discuss why it is so important, and ways to strengthen this vital skill in children.
- Strengthening the Connection With Your Teen
What Parents Need to Know About The Changes That Come With Adolescence, and Using This to Increase Influence and Connection.
- They’ll Do What!?
Understanding the changes that come with adolescence with a view to increasing your connection and influence with your teen. This talk explores adolescent brain development and its impact on family relationships, friendships, and all forms of adolescent behaviour.
- Anxiety in Teens.
What parents need to know about anxiety to empower their teens to thrive through anxiety.
- Friendships – Nurturing the Good, Thriving Through the Bad, Dealing with the Difficult
In this talk, we will focus on how to empower teens and/or children to have healthy, happy relationships. Specifically, we will focus on how to deal with bullying, rejection and exclusion, how to be a good friend, why kind kids are cool kids, how to deal with peer pressure, and how to set and protect healthy boundaries.
- Nurturing Social and Emotional Intelligence in Children (This talk can be adapted and given to children, teens and teachers).
This talk explores how to help children develop emotional and social intelligence, and how to be the ‘boss of their brains’. We will cover anxiety, self-control, anger, empathy and kindness, and why mindfulness, sleep and exercise are so important for developing brains.
- Stress, Depression and Anxiety
The signs to watch out for and how to manage them.
- The Adolescent Adventure
Your brain is changing and it’s AMAZING! What you need to know about your changing brain and how to use this information to manage behaviour, friendships addiction and family.
- Who Doesn’t Get Anxiety!?
How to thrive through anxiety.
- Let’s Talk About Your Tribe
Bullying, friendships, healthy relationships and how to identify and steer clear of the ones that cause breakage.
- Anxiety in the Classroom
How teachers can bring out the best in anxious kids & teens.
- Understanding Adolescence: A Brain Under Construction
A talk for teachers.
FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Educators, Teachers, Counsellors):
Each of these topics can be delivered as keynotes or professional development workshops. Topics will be tailored specifically to meet the individual needs of your audience, and presentations can be designed to run from one and a half hours to full day.
- Working with Anxiety in Children and Adolescents
- Anxiety at School – Primary Teachers
- Anxiety at School – High School
- Anxiety at School – A PD for School Professionals