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

Teaching Kids to Manage Anxiety offers parents and teachers simple strategies that can make a massive difference to a child’s ability to cope.

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:

  • Identifying their “body speed”,
  • Understanding their stress triggers, and
  • Implementing simple strategies to reduce anxiety and stress.
Teaching Kids to Manage Anxiety

“This is quite simply the best, most comprehensive and practical book I have ever read to help teach children – and many grownups – how to manage anxiety. It is written in an easy to read way with lots of fabulous graphics. This brilliant book needs to be in every home, every school and every library.”
— Maggie Dent, Parenting author and educator

“This is one of the best books I've come across in teaching allied health professionals, teachers, parents – every one really – how to assist kids in managing their anxiety. In easy to understand language, Debbie explains the anxiety-body link and how best to respond when anxious. It empowers both the adult and the child with learning how to identify the best strategy to use for the individual child when feeling anxious.  This book is a must have for the desk for any professional working with anxious kids.”
—  Gerda Muller, Clinical Psychologist & Parent


  • 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

Discover the 5 different types of anxiety kids may feel from day to day and how to help

  1. Learning anxiety
  2. Sensory induced anxiety
  3. Social anxiety
  4. Emotional anxiety
  5. Transitional anxiety

Supercharge your parenting tool box so you are empowered to help your anxious child, and make you both smile with our SMILERS

S – Speak positively

M – Move dynamically

I – Immerse in a physically uplifting environment

L – Look to the positive

E – Eat nutritiously

R – Rest to Destress

S – Serve

Grab a hold of strategies that support the body and decreases the emotional reaction of anxiety through

  1. Physical/ body strategies
  2. Cognitive/ thinking strategies
  3. Understanding the power of planning in decreasing anxiety in children.

“Through this wonderful book I was able to recognise that often as a parent we try to rescue our children from their stress and anxiety, when we should actually take the opportunity to create teachable moments of how to self regulate.”
— Peta C, Mum, Disabilities and Mental Health Worker.

“Deb Hopper brings some wonderful practical strategies, drawing on her many clinical years of experience as an OT, to help anxious children. The Just Right KidsTM Model contextualises where kids function best. A great read for all parents seeking practical help for their anxious child.”
— Dr Andrew Pennington Integrative GP BSc(hons); BMed; DRANZCOG Adv; FRACGP; FARGP

“If you are a teacher, children's counsellor or parent, then this is a must read. Deb very helpfully and clearly identifies many causes of stress and anxiety for kids. But more than that, she carefully outlines different techniques and strategies to help kids lead more regulated lives.”
Peter F, Counsellor, Parent and Foster Parent.

Debbie Hopper on Prime 7 talking about her new book, Teaching Kids to Manage Anxiety

About Deb Hopper

Deb Hopper Occupational TherapistA practicing Occupational Therapist from the Mid North Coast, Australia, Deb Hopper brings over 21 years experience working with children and adults who struggle with autism, anxiety, emotional regulation and sensory processing difficulties. Deb empowers parents and teachers to understand emotional regulation and provides practical strategies that help children to participate more fully in daily life.

Deb works in her private practice, enjoys supervision of Occupational Therapists, is a casual academic lecturer in Occupational Therapy, and loves to create resources, online courses and books for adults and children. Her passion has been recognised by multiple commendations and wins in the Great Lakes and Mid North Coast Business Awards.

Book Launching of "Teaching Kids to Manage Anxiety" by Debbie Hopper.