“Worry Less: Managing Anxiety in Children and Adolescents with ADHD and Learning Differences” [Video Replay & Podcast #254]

Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#254), download the slide presentation for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on July 16, 2019.

Episode Description

Anxiety is common among school-aged children, and those with ADHD are at higher risk than their peers. Children may be anxious because their attention deficit disorder makes life difficult, or they may have aggravated attention problems because of an underlying anxiety disorder. The importance of a proper evaluation to distinguish the primary diagnosis — anxiety or ADHD — is critical to managing symptoms as a child grows. Remember that anxiety in a family member will affect everyone else. Effective treatments exist for anxiety and attention issues, and each family will need to consider which is most likely to help.

Here, pediatricians and authors Eileen Costello, M.D., and Perri Klass, M.D.will discuss the high prevalence of anxiety disorders in children with ADHD and learning differences. Learn about ways that anxiety can precede and accompany these diagnoses as kids and families develop strategies to accommodate a world not designed with them in mind.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • The prevalence of anxiety in children with ADHD and learning differences
  • How symptoms of a primary anxiety disorder overlap and are distinct from symptoms of ADHD
  • Why evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the “gold standard” for treatment of childhood anxiety
  • How families can develop language to help kids understand and talk about their anxiety
  • The importance of developing “distress tolerance” in childhood and adolescence to decrease risks of resorting to unhealthy stress-management habits 

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Meet the Expert Speakers

Eileen Costello, M.D., is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and the Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center. She maintains a primary care practice with a focus on children with developmental differences and mental health disorders. She and Dr. Klass are the co-authors of Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In (Ballantine, 2003). They are working on a new edition with an expected publication in 2020. | See expert’s full bio »

Perri Klass, M.D., is Professor of Pediatrics and Journalism at New York University. She writes regularly on topics of relevance to children and families, including the weekly column, “The Checkup,” in The New York Times. She teaches pediatric residents in the primary care program at Bellevue Hospital in New York. She is the National Medical Director of Reach Out and Read. She and Dr. Costello are co-authors of Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In. | See expert’s full bio »

Listener Testimonials

  • “I really loved the comprehensive slides! I feel I will remember the information discussed in the webinar much better than past online talks because of the details in the slides.”
  • “I am a director of a preschool, I learned a lot from this webinar. Thank you so much.”
  • “I appreciated description of how incremental treatment of anxiety ‘inch by inch’ works!”

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