Colleen answers a frequently asked question today on the Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast: How do you help siblings understand when one child has anxiety? This episode is all about helping anxious children and their siblings.
Anxiety and Gifted/Twice Exceptional Children
We all experience anxiety at some point or another. Worrying and stress is a natural part of being human.
Anxiety is also quite common in the world of neurodiversity. For gifted children and twice exceptional kids, worrying and stress can be intense and overwhelming.
Among profoundly gifted children, anxiety can manifest in multiple ways. For example, students may have fears about being away from their parents that decreases participation in extracurricular activities and social events. Given their propensity for perfectionism, profoundly gifted children can manifest fears of failure and go to unrealistic lengths to have their products be free of errors. If given corrective feedback, they may have trouble “turning off” these messages and begin to believe there is something “wrong” with them. Other profoundly gifted children may have fears of being in public or in large groups and avoid such situations. In some cases, the children’s fear response can be quite intense, overwhelming, and scary.
For most of us, this is just part of our lives as parents of gifted and twice exceptional children.
But what happens when your child is experiencing anxiety that goes far beyond the norm, and begins to influence family dynamics and sibling relationships?
Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast Episode #128: Helping Anxious Children And Their Siblings
In this helpful and encouraging episode, Colleen shares examples and solutions for helping your entire family navigate your gifted child’s anxiety.
Links and Resources From Today’s Show
- SPONSOR: Homeschool Science Tools – Use CODE RLL30 for 30% off your first Science Unlocked Kit (offer valid through 8/31/21)
- SPONSOR: The Anxiety Toolkit
- The Anxious Parent of the Anxious Child | Your Anxiety is Not Identical
- RLL #86: All About Anxiety with Dr. Dan Peters
- The Best Advice I Can Give You: Become A Student Of Your Child
- The Different Faces Of Giftedness: Understanding Your Child
- RLL #51: Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety
- When Anxiety Looks Like Anger
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