King's St Alban's

22 March

Addressing anxiety in young people head on!

On Monday evening, the King’s Worcester school psychologist, Kate Mason joined parents from both the Pre-Prep and Prep schools to deliver a fantastic, extremely topical presentation in the Pre-Prep hall. The presentation tackled the subject of anxiety in school-aged children and young people. This is something which is becoming more and more prevalent in young children and which parents and teachers alike can find challenging to manage at home and school respectively.

The workshop was well attended by parents from both Prep and Pre-Prep and the audience listened with great interest. Kate defined anxiety and how to explain the feeling of being anxious to children in a way that would help them identify the emotion. She then talked about the different causes or triggers for anxiety and how this can present itself in children of different ages and developmental stages. Kate then shared a plethora of practical and simple strategies to help parents to support their children to manage anxiety and feeling anxious.

Dr Mason talked about the importance of labelling emotions, having meaningful conversations with children and how to approach these effectively with children who are feeling overwhelmed or anxious. The session was an excellent insight into how to support children who are feeling anxious and how to help them to reduce these feelings. Kate finished the evening by opening up the floor to parents and taking numerous questions.  There is no doubt that everyone found the session to be an extremely useful evening with practical, simple strategies which could be tailored to all ages.

Parents who were unable to attend the session are reminded that the presentation slides are available on request. On behalf of those attending, we extend a massive thank you to Dr Kate Mason. We look forward to welcoming Kate back in the Summer Term, when she will be talking to some of our young people.