This week, I’ll be speaking with a group of parents and caregivers at my school on the topic of understanding anxiety in children and adolescents.  Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the U.S and studies show that anxiety rates among young people are on a steady rise.  While researchers debate the unique 21st century causes for these rising rates, advances in neuroscience show us very clearly what is happening in the brains of stressed out young people and tell us how we, as caring adults, can help kids regain their calm.

Here is a partial list of the resources I use with kids and/or cite in my presentations to professionals, parents, and kids on how to understanding and manage anxiety:


Why Smart Kids Worry & What Parents Can Do to Help

Anxiety in Kids: How to Turn it Around and Protect Them For Life

How to Train Your Brain to Stop Worrying

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (Dr. Daniel Siegel) 

I am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness

Mindfulness Games Activity Cards

Anxiety or Aggression? When Anxiety in Children Looks Like Anger, Tantrums, or Meltdowns

Defeating My Inner Dragon: Teaching Kids How to Challenge Their Unhealthy Thinking Habits


Mental Health on The Mighty