ADHD & Anxiety Part 2 | Dr Claire Conlon

ADHD and anxiety

In this bumper two-part episode, expert guest, Dr Claire Conlon, discusses the overlap between ADHD and anxiety.

In part 2, Claire talks about the stresses children with ADHD can feel. She explains how children can behave when they feel like they're experiencing a threat, and tailoring what we do to help them feel safe. That includes finding the strategies that best support them.

Claire is a Doctor in Clinical Psychology. She completed her training and has worked in both the UK and Ireland for over a decade, providing support to parents around managing many areas, including working with children with neurodevelopmental conditions and anxiety. She founded The Caterpillar Clinic in 2021 and has a range of online programmes in these areas available on her website. She also provides parental consultation, therapy, and assessment.

Claire recommends the book The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel

You can find Claire at www.thecaterpillarclinic.com and on Instagram @thecaterpillarclinic

She also shares three tips during the episode:

  1. Ask yourself exactly what your child is struggling with and in what environments to help you to understand how you can make them feel safe and regulated.
  2. Find their ‘toolbox’ of strategies to support them, such as sensory toys or activities.
  3. Talk to them about their diagnosis so that they understand what’s happening when they feel anxious.

The My Family Coach podcasts covers every aspect of children’s behaviour, all in handy 15 minute (ish) bite-sized chunks. Each episode features a new guest chatting about a different aspect of behaviour and leaves you with three handy tips to use at home.


 

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