Teaching kids with ADHD how to manage anxiety

This is the visual I use to teach kids how anxiety works. On the left is the anxiety “curve” meaning that when anxiety goes up it will always come down. The “cliff” on the right shows how avoiding anxiety causes it to temporarily go away but it is not teaching how to get over the curve because the curve is being avoided.

I then introduce the concept of using your “brain coach” to teach kids that they can talk to their thoughts in order to control their anxiety.

This approach is based in cognitive behavior therapy and I tailor it specifically to kids with ADHD because their self-directed talk does not develop as it does with their same age peers (who do not have ADHD).

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