Cool Kids

Cool Kids is a proven, ten-session programme for children aged 7-11 who are struggling with high levels of anxiety, and their parents. Children benefit by attending group sessions with other kids with similar difficulties, and learning how to recognise, manage and reduce their anxiety.

Current results indicate that most young people who complete our programmes show significant improvement. In fact, studies have shown that, by the end of the programme, 84% of children show moderate or greater change and that the changes last over time.1

Topics covered in the programme include:

  • Learning about feelings and anxiety
  • Learning to think more realistically
  • Parenting an anxious child
  • Fighting fear by facing fear
  • Learning other coping skills such as building assertiveness or learning to solve problems
  • How to deal with setbacks and difficulties
  • Maintaining progress after the programme ends.

We know from research2 that better results are gained when parents attend with their children, so children aged seven years or older will only be accepted into the programme if at least one parent (but preferably both) can attend with them.

  1. Rapee, R.M. (2000). Group treatment of children with anxiety disorders: Outcome and predictors of treatment response. Australian Journal of Psychology, 52(3), 125-129.
  2. Barrett, P.M., Dadds, M.R., and Rapee, R.M. (1996). Family treatment of childhood anxiety: A controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64, 333-342

Having seen the life changing gains that many participants have made after completing this programme we offer it with confidence in its power to transform the lives of anxious children and their families.

What you can expect

The biggest advantage of working in groups with other families is that kids learn that they’re not alone, and that their feelings and symptoms are experienced by other children too. And parents benefit by sharing their stories, problems and successes with one another – and by knowing there are other families going through similar challenges.

On the programme, children learn new ways to recognise, manage and reduce their anxiety. They learn how anxiety affects our bodies, thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and identify the link between thoughts and feelings. Parents learn how to parent a child with anxiety, and long-term strategies and tips to help your child manage their anxiety.

After learning the new skills, families usually notice significant change. This can include marked increases in school attendance, academic achievement, confidence, number of friends and involvement in extra-curricular activities and decreases in worry, shyness, fear and family distress.

The Cool Kids programme provides highly effective tools for the management of anxiety. It empowers both children and parents in this regard in a way that, in my experience, has not been available through the public system.Mother
The Cool Kids course has been excellent. Our son has been able to identify and work through much as a result.Father

Cool Kids has made a positive and dramatic difference to how we manage our child’s anxiety! It has helped us all understand each other better and we are now much better equipped to manage difficulties and able to stay calm. Thank you so much! Cool Kids really makes a difference! I highly recommend it!Father

Cool Kids has helped our family immensely. Our son was a very explosive and highly strung child when we started. Throughout the course he has become calmer, more confident and more caring. We are so grateful.Mother
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