Helping your child cope with anxiety if they have special needs

Whether your child is self-conscience about his acne or worried about being awkward in front of the popular kids, anxiety or panic attacks can be very real for children. Many kids are able to work through their anxiety by finding a circle of trusted friends, being active in special interest groups like Scouts or sports, or talking to a trusted adult.

Other kids may have anxiety or panic disorders, post-traumatic stress, or depression for which they seek medical or therapeutic care. With attentive friends and family, many of these kids have access to avenues where they can express their feelings and concerns while overcoming their anxiety, learning to adapting to ever-changing situations.

But what about a child with autism, Tourette syndrome, or ADHD? Or a child who is handicapped or disabled? Working on coping mechanisms or finding a group of sympathetic peers may be a tall order to fill, leaving parents to ask, how can I help my child cope with anxiety if they have special needs? Read more.