Does your child struggle with fears or obsessions that make it difficult for him or her to function or enjoy life? While all children experience fears, anxiety may be an issue if your child experiences these feelings so often or so intensely that he or she cannot enjoy typical childhood activities.
Many children with anxiety issues may benefit from counseling, group therapy, social skills groups, and structured recreation activities. Local resources for these services can be found in our Service Provider Directory and in our Upcoming Events list on the right.
Children with attention issues, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), giftedness, sensory issues or learning disabilities may also experience anxiety due to an inability to process information in their environments. For more information on these concerns, see the linked concern pages.
Connecting for Kids' "You Don't Know what You Don't Know" poster campaign (shown left) can help you promote awareness for your child's struggles. Learn more.
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General Anxiety & Mental Health Organizations
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
National nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and related disorders and to improving the lives of all people who suffer from them through education, practice, and research.
Childhood Anxiety Network
The Child Anxiety Network was created to provide thorough, user-friendly information about child anxiety. Includes book list and background information about childhood anxiety.
Freedom From Fear
National nonprofit mental health advocacy organization. The mission of FFF is to impact, in a positive way, the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depressive and related disorders through advocacy, education, research and community support.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Local affiliate of NAMI providing support to those with serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression and anxiety disorders and their family members. NAMI offers a variety of free support groups, education programs, information, referral and advocacy.
International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)
International nonprofit organization made up of people with OCD and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others. The mission and goals of the IOCDF are to educate and raise awareness, support research and improve access to resources for those with OCD and their families.
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
Provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations on trauma around the world.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Established to improve access to care, treatment and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.
Group of professional and advocacy organizations that have joined forces to provide educational resources to individuals diagnosed with PTSD and their loved ones; those at risk for developing PTSD; and medical, healthcare and other front line professionals.
Nonprofit organization with the goal of helping people understand, recover from, and treat traumatic stress (including PTSD), dissociative disorder, and co-occurring issues, such as addictions, self-injury and suicidality.
Selective Mutism Foundation
Nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting further research, advocacy, social acceptance and the understanding of Selective Mutism as a debilitating disorder.
Selective Mutism Group
SMG, part of the Childhood Anxiety Network, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information, resources and support to those impacted by a child with the anxiety disorder known as Selective Mutism.
Social Anxiety Association
Nonprofit organization with the goal of meeting the growing needs of people throughout the world who have social phobia/social anxiety.
The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
National nonprofit that takes a comprehensive approach to helping people overcome and heal from body-focused repetitive behaviors (including skin picking, nail biting, and cheek biting, as well as hair pulling).
(Cuyahoga, Lorain) Nonprofit agency providing mental health services, social services and education to children, adolescents and families. Services include The Eleanor Gerson School and an array of community-based services including psychiatry, in-home therapy, school-based counseling, prevention and consultation services.
The Centers for Families and Children
(Cuyahoga) Nonprofit, offering services in early learning, health & wellness, workforce development, youth and family services and emergency food distribution.
The Nord Center
(Lorain) Nonprofit offering behavioral healthcare services for school-aged children in Lorain county.
(Cuyahoga, Lorain) Formerly Berea Children’s Home & Family Services, this nonprofit offers services for families ranging from early childhood and school-based mental health services to parenting classes and a respite care connection.
Educational services include state and county initiatives (shown in the right column) as well as resources where families can learn more about educational advocacy and access educational materials. The Connecting for Kids Service Provider Directory also contains a number of entries for alternate education providers.
Connecting for Kids maintains a list of alternative schools in our Service Provider Directory for families with children who struggle in the traditional public education environment. To show alternative schools that accept students with attention issues, visit the Service Provider Directory page, click Anxiety under the Concern heading and click Alternative School under the Program/Service heading.
Free mobile application, developed by the Syracuse University School of Education containing strategies, a compilation of approaches that parents can pursue as advocates and resources. Available for iOS and Android.
WorryWiseKids Educational Rights and Accommodations Articles
Brief article explains how anxiety can be classified under IDEA and the process for requesting an evaluation for a child with anxiety. Additional resources on this site include sample accommodations and what schools can do.
Accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Note: The Westlake Porter Public Library’s special-needs section also keeps a print copy of “Wrightslaw.” To check availability, search for “Wrightslaw” in the library's online catalog.
Provides thousands of free pages of social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, songs and games, communication cards, academic materials, and transition guides for employment and life skills.
Two scholarships (The Autism Scholarship and the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship) are available through the state of Ohio which allow students to waive public education and use state reimbursement to cover education and supportive services. For more information see the Scholarships section in our Funding Therapy Guide.
Whose IDEA is This?
Prepared by the Ohio Department of Education, this guide helps parents understand the language of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)
This state-level program offers programs to help parents become informed and effective representatives for their children in all educational settings. One-to-one support available.
ADAA Public Education Webinars
ADAA offers webinars on a variety of topics throughout the year. For upcoming topics, see the webinar calendar.
Offers educational programs such as its NAMI Basics class for parents of children living with mental illness and an “Ask the Psychiatrist” night where you can ask questions about medications. These programs are free, but registration is required.
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Our Facebook page (link below) is a great place to get updates on local workshops and seminars!
Contains information to help people learn about and practice effective strategies to manage anxiety on their own, at their own pace. All content is grounded in scientific research and developed by professionals who specialize in helping people with anxiety.
Part of ADAA, the Beyond OCD website provides resources and information specifically for those diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Social Anxiety Support
Online community offering resources and forums on social anxiety.
Service of the Children's Center for OCD and Anxiety. This website offers information about anxiety for parents and schools as well as resources, workshops and training.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Provides an Anxiety Disorders Resource Center as well as Facts for Families briefs that provide up-to-date information in a concise format.www.aacap.org
American Psychological Association (APA)
Offers a number of useful articles on anxiety, additional resources, and related publications.www.apa.org
Child Mind Institute
Offers a “topics” section on anxiety with tips, a teacher's guide and articles from experts in the field.www.childmind.org
Helpguide is one of the world’s premier mental and emotional health websites, providing reliable information and giving a sense of hope and direction.
MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Offers a topic page with information on anxiety disorder symptoms, types, treatment and related conditions.www.nami.org
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Reviews causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of anxiety disorders, including medications and psychotherapy.www.nimh.nih.gov
Alternate Program & Service Provider Search Sites
In addition to the Connecting for Kids website, there are several websites dedicated to providing program and service provider information. These sites cover a larger geographical area and results may not always be local, but they can give you additional ideas of the types of services available to your family.
Overwhelmed with Choices?
Connecting for Kids offers a free how-to guide to help families choose the right mental health provider. To download this guide, visit our How-To Guides page.
ADAA: Ask and Learn Brochures
Collection of brochures covering an array of anxiety disorders, including:
ADAA: Anxiety Disorders Self-Screening Tools
Online tools, designed to help patients determine if professional consultation is needed for treatment of a possible anxiety disorder.
NIMH: Anxiety Publications
Collection of booklets and fact sheets on anxiety disorders, including:
The following books and videos have been selected by Connecting for Kids families to help other families on their journey with anxiety disorders. If you know of a book recommendation that is not in this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have it added.
Books for Families
Books for Children
Media at WPPL
Westlake Porter Public Library (WPPL) maintains a special-needs section with a collection of books with information on anxiety, including many of the titles listed here. You do not need to be a resident of Westlake or Cuyahoga County to receive a library card from WPPL.
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