Do you know a child who seems worried, struggles with perfectionism or relies heavily on routines and rituals throughout the day? These behaviors could be a sign of anxiety. Anxiety is a normal part of child development and is typically present at different stages during a temporary phase (think of stranger anxiety or separation anxiety). Knowing how to navigate these normal phases is hard for parents but the situation is even more difficult when the child suffers from an anxiety disorder. Please join us on Wednesday November 13th at 7:00 pm to discuss this very important issue and learn how you can support your child through anxiety.
Veronica Lickfelt, LCSW will be at our clinic in Yorkville to talk about the signs and symptoms of anxiety, what constitutes a disorder and what treatments are available for children. She will present her own approach of taking STEPS to Stop, Think, Evaluate, Plan and Solve the issue. Veronica is the co-founder of Innovative Behavioral Health in Oswego and Naperville. She works as a clinician with both children and adults and has an extensive background working with children and teens in both community and school based programs. Veronica’s approach incorporates interventions from a variety of sources and she tailors her services to meet the needs of the child and family. Veronica understands the needs of children, including those with autism and sensory processing disorders or sensory sensitivities.
Childhood anxiety can be present in many different forms and understanding when troubling behaviors are signs of anxiety is the first step toward getting help for your child and for the family. Children who suffer from anxiety struggle with participating in daily activities and their behaviors can be disruptive for the whole family. Sorting out what behaviors might be the result of anxiety and what might be the cause of the anxiety are the first steps to finding workable solutions for coping with anxiety and related disorders. Once you understand how anxiety can be impacting your child then you can take the next steps to provide support and help your child be successful. Veronica will help to sort through some of these questions and provide some guidelines for how you can help your child at home and school.
Please join us for this last Community Education program of the Fall 2013 series. The program is FREE but registration is required. Please contact us by phone (630-552-9890) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your spot today for this very important evening!