We teach children how to recognise the relationship between thoughts and feelings and how these influence their behaviours. In an anxious context, children learn to identify the worried thoughts associated with feelings of anxiety and recognise how anxiety is associated with avoidant behaviours. Children are then provided with new skills to alter their worried thoughts, by replacing them with realistic or helpful thoughts, which also help influence behaviours, by encouraging the child to approach the feared situations/items. Clinically this is referred to as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and is considered the gold standard treatment of a range of emotional disorders.
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