With 20 per cent of children ending up with the diagnosis, anxiety is the most common mental health condition in B.C. children. Parents often feel at a loss as to how to best support their child.
Boundary Bay Montessori School is hosting a workshop tonight that teaches parents about anxiety: the symptoms, where it comes from and how to support children showing
the early signs.
"More and more of our children today seem to be faced with anxiety that begins in early childhood," notes Boundary Bay Montessori School academic director Pam Ferguson.
"Parents, caregivers and education professionals have lots of questions about how to best support children whose anxiety is in danger of interfering with their participation in everyday life.
"They wonder, is my child's anxiety serious enough to get help from a professional? What can I do to help our child manage their anxiety at home? Adults don't always know where or whom to turn to for information and support."
The workshop is open to the public and features Dr. Deborah Bell, a registered psychologist who has specialized in empowering children and parents for over 15 years.
Tickets are available for $15 each or two for $25 via the school's website (www.bbmschool.ca/news) with limited tickets available at the door.
The workshop runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Boundary Bay Montessori School, 3800-72nd St., Ladner (next to OWL).