Connecting for Kids offers help in combating anxiety

Via Peters

WESTLAKE, Ohio — Connecting for Kids held a virtual meeting Feb. 1 that attracted the attention of more than 70 families. The topic was the higher levels of anxiety kids are feeling these days and what to do about it.

Dr. John Zbornik, a psychologist from Ken DeLuca and Associates, a psychological and counseling organization, presented an overview of how anxiety presents itself in kids within the school setting.

Math, reading and testing anxiety were the main thrust — how you can spot it and how to support your child in managing their anxiety, according to Nicole Born-Crow, who facilitated the program.

The topic was broken down into the difference between anxiety and fear. Anxiety is a feeling of worry and nervousness, according to Zbornik. Worrisome thoughts can manifest themselves as headaches, stomachaches and panic attacks.

“We tell parents they should check in with their primary care physician — always,” said Connecting for Kids Exeuctive Director Sarah Rintamaki.

“If the anxiety is pervasive, affecting day-to-day life, we can always seek out help from mental health care providers. We want to help parents reframe the child’s anxiety, but if it doesn’t go away, it can be managed.”

Zbornik added, “You always work towards building more resilience.”

Rintamaki noted that Zbornik has been practicing for about 20 years. He said he has never seen such a demand from adults and children for mental health assessments and care.

“The reasons for that,” she said, “have a lot to do with the pandemic. From our organization’s standpoint, that is what we are seeing.”

She also noted that most mental health practitioners have a waiting list.

Rintamaki also said, in addition to contacting the pediatrician and a mental health provider, “you can always contact us for a free copy of the slides from the presentation. A podcast of the presentation is also available by contacting Connecting for Kids, and we can also give parents more information about anxiety and include books, other speakers’ podcasts or we can connect them to a mental health professional — and we can help them for free.”

About 35 minutes of questions and answers followed the presentation.

See www.connectingforkids.org for upcoming programs, including: Feb. 16, Behavioral Chat, tracking and tackling problem behaviors, and March 3, Ten Tips to Help Your High Achiever Manage Emotions. Phone: 440-570-5908.

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