RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

Here are some resources that may be helpful for caregivers of children and young people:

Information Fact sheets visit here >

Understanding child development: Ages 0-3 years visit here >

Ages 1 - 5 and mental health issues visit here >

Ages 6 - 12 mental health issues visit here >

Autism Spectrum disorder information visit here >

Resource Tool Kits for Caregivers visit here >

 

Support for parents of 4 to 8-year-old children with mild to moderate anxiety visit here >

Support for parents of pre-teen children with mild-moderate anxiety visit here >

Supporting anxious children - resource for parents and caregivers here >

BRIEF INTERVENTIONS FOR ANXIOUS CHILDREN

If you have child who is experiencing anxiety, try some of the breathing and action techniques below.

Bubble-breathing

Fill a glass to halfway with water or your child’s favourite drink (we always encourage a healthy sugar free drink of water or milk). Place a straw in the glass and ask your child to take a deep belly breath (see Belly Breathing exercise for how to do this) and hold for 3 seconds, then blow into the straw slowly through their mouth. Repeat this 5 – 10 times (or as many as your child needs to feel less anxious).

 

Belly Breathing

Place on your child’s hands on their chest and one on their belly. Breathe in through the nose for half their age in seconds, hold for half their age in seconds and breathe out for their full age in seconds. This methods works well up to age 8. The structure would be: – 4 seconds breathing in, hold for 4s and out for 8. If your child or young person is over 8, use the following: – 4 seconds breath in, hold for 5 and breathe out for 8. (adjust this as per the needs of the child or young person).

 

Robots, Jellyfish and Towers

The aim of this game is to practice progressive muscle relaxation. You call out each of these names and your child mimics the behaviour of each one: – Robots, who are stiff and robotic in their movements. – Jellyfish, who are floppy and relaxed. – Towers, which are strong and stretch up high into the sky. The game begins with each person cycling through the actions a couple times. Try to keep mixing the order of the names up and ensuring there’s a jellyfish movement after the tense movements.

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