Social Anxiety In Children Podcast

Social Anxiety in Children: Brian Sutter and Craig Stickling provide very practical advice on what to look for and how to engage our children with social anxiety in this episode of Breaking Bread. Be informed. Be equipped. Be encouraged.

Below are some of the topics covered in this podcast:

  • What is social anxiety?
  • Is there a difference between social anxiety, shyness and introversion?
  • How can we spot social anxiety in our children?
  • At what point should social anxiety in our children concern us?
  • What practical, proactive steps can be taken to help our children with social anxiety?
  • Resource: Aureen Wagner “Worried No More

For more information on types of anxiety click here

Listen on Spotify   –   Listen on Apple Podcast

Further Information

Anxiety Podcast
We are all too familiar with anxiety. We don’t like it. But do we understand it for its finer details? In this episode of Breaking Bread, Ted Witzig Jr. walks through three types of anxiety: spiritual, situational and anxiety disorder.

Three Types of Anxiety
Anxiety is part of the human condition. Ranging from mild apprehension and worry to crippling panic, anxiety touches each of our lives in some way. To help make sense of this common experience, this article will consider three types of anxiety: spiritual anxiety, situational anxiety, and anxiety disorders. [ACCFS]

Anxiety & Worry in Children and Teens
Anxiety often looks different in children than in adults because children do not have the same coping and communication skills many adults have learned. Helping children with anxiety involves teaching skills such as new ways of thinking and coping. There are various types of anxiety disorders that are seen in both children and adults. Learn more on the different kinds of anxiety in this article. [ACCFS]

Worry Wise Kids
This site gives practical advice for dealing with anxiety in children.

Helpful Videos on Childhood Anxiety Disorders
In these brief videos, Dr. Aureen Pinto Wagner discusses separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, school refusal, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

What to Do (and Not Do) When Children are Anxious [Child Mind Institute]

Screening Tools 

Screen for Child and Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED) Child Version
This free, 41-item screening inventory for children 8-18 years old can help to identify symptoms of a variety of anxiety problems.  For children 8-11 it is recommended that an adult explain the questions or have the child answer the questionnaire while sitting with an adult.

Screen for Child and Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED) Parent about Child Version
This free, 41-item screening inventory allows parents/caregivers to identify the presence and severity of anxiety disorder symptoms in children 8-18.


Worried No More – Help and Hope for Anxious Children
Author: Aureen Wagner, Ph.D.
This 182-page book describes effective ways for parents, schools, and healthcare professionals to work collaboratively to help children cope with worry, school refusal, separation anxiety, excessive shyness, panic, disasters and tragedies, phobias, obsessions, and compulsions.


What to Do When You Worry too Much
Author: Dawn Huebner, Ph.D.
This is an 80-page, interactive self-help book designed to guide 6–12-year-olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety.



Dealing with Feelings: I’m Scared
Author: Elizabeth Crary
This booklet helps children learn how to deal with fear in positive ways.



Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD: A Scientific Proven Program for Parents
The first and only book to provide a completely parent-based treatment program for child and adolescent anxiety. Parents will learn how to alleviate their children’s anxiety by changing the way they themselves respond to their children’s symptoms–importantly, parents are not required to impose changes on their children’s behavior. Instead, parents are shown how to replace their own accommodating behaviors (which allow anxiety to flourish) with supportive responses that demonstrate both acceptance of children’s difficulties and confidence in their ability to cope.