In episode 53 of Superstar Practical Strategies, Deb talk about hidden anxiety among children is surprisingly high, undoubtedly because it often masquerades as something else. And without understanding what they’re dealing with, the adults in a child’s life are often not equipped to handle it in the best way for the child. Anxiety arises when the amygdala, a small organ in the center of the brain, sends out signals chemical signals intended to give a person extra speed or strength in times of danger. It puts the whole body on high alert as it goes into “flight, fight, or freeze” mode whenever it perceives a threat. But anxiety doesn’t often wave a banner and announce its presence, especially in children. And unless a parent or carer knows what to look for, what is essentially a cry for help may go unrecognized. So, what does hidden anxiety look like? (It’s important to remember that each child is different and anxiety patterns are not uniform).

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    Kids today are growing up in a fast-paced world where information and opportunity overload can be overwhelming.

    Based on many years of clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist, Deb Hopper has been using her Just Right Kids® Model to teach children to communicate and manage their stress and anxiety by:


    • How the body reacts to anxiety and impacts on our ability to think and get an action plan together
    • How to teach your children to identify when their body and mind is anxious, and how to tell you
    • Sensory overload and how this can push children into being anxious
    • Strategies to reduce screen time that you can start today (because this will help reduce anxiety in your house and make life more peaceful


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