Parenting expert, award-winning speaker and author of 11 books Michael Grose, together with wellbeing expert and researcher Dr Jodi Richardson will travel  New Zealand and Australia to present their evidence-based approach to managing kids’ anxiety.

They'll speak about the tools and strategies for helping children outlined in their book Anxious Kids.

“Disturbingly, it takes 8.2 years on average between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis of an anxiety disorder,” Grose explains.

“For a child experiencing anxiety, that can mean many years of learning difficulties, unhappiness and lost opportunities. We believe this is an unacceptable statistic.”

Parents, teachers and other professionals who work with children play a critical role in helping kids to recognise and manage their anxious feelings. The seminar has been designed especially for them.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to know if a child or teenager is experiencing anxiety
  • The origins of anxiety and how it impacts on children and teens
  • How to respond constructively when a child or teen is anxious
  • Tools to teach kids to help regulate their anxiety
  • The lifestyle factors you can enhance to minimise anxiety
  • Why avoidance of anxiety-inducing events is not the answer and what to do instead
  • How to create a wellbeing plan for a child or young person

Grose is one of Australasia’s leading parenting and educational writers and speakers, and the founder of Parenting Ideas.

He supports schools across Australia and internationally to build strong partnerships with their parent communities.

Richardson is an expert on anxiety, through extensive studies and personal experience. She has spent more than 25 years in the field of health, wellbeing, clinical practice, elite sport and education.

Locations, tour dates and tickets for the Anxious Kids seminar are available via the Parenting Ideas website.