Kyokan Connections has moved to www.kyokanconnect.com. But if you're reading this, you already know that!
The blog content from the previous website will (gradually) be moved over to this address (while I would love for it to be instantaneous, it does take time to do all that copy paste business...), so you will be able to find all previous content...soon! It will, undoubtedly also be edited, added to, and refined in the process.
Essentially, there are three things you need to know about this resource:
First, this blog is for anyone who cares for children. This includes parents, grand-parents, foster parents, child care workers, teachers, educational assistants, coaches, tutors, and anyone else involved in mentoring and supporting the growth and development of children. And while the focus is on children with anxiety, in fairness, that's MOST children at some point in their life. Whether it's separating from parents, performing in front of others, doing school work, socializing, or getting through exams, we've all been there at one time or another. Anxiety affects us all. It's just a matter of to what degree and the related circumstances.
Secondly, the thoughts shared in this blog reflect my own personal experiences as a child of an anxious parent and parent of an anxious child. They are also deeply informed by my experiences in the inter-related roles as a child development specialist, mental health clinician and parent educator....most notably with children who struggle with anxiety for a large number of reasons - from attachment and medical traumas to developmental disabilities.
And finally, the perspectives offered are educational in nature and is not intended to replace competent, individualized medical or therapeutic care for you or your child. If your child needs (or would benefit from) medical or therapeutic care, consider accessing help from a registered health professional in your area who understands your child's (and your) needs.
I'm Judith Pinto, a child development specialist, mental health clinician and parent educator. I am also the child of an anxious parent...and a parent of an anxious child. Heck! I'm probably a little anxious too!