Welcome to our free online program

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems experienced by young people. The Get a GRIP Program aims to teach children how to manage anxiety.  It is designed specifically to help young people overcome anxiety by developing the skills and coping strategies to improve the quality of their lives.

Are you ready to learn how to get a GRIP of worry?

The word GRIP is an acronym.  The G stands for Gather the clues, the R stands for Realistic thinking, the I stands for Identify a plan and the P stands for Practise relaxation.  This acronym will help your child to remember 4 really important steps when it comes to managing their worry. 

Welcome to the Get a GRIP Program

Lesson One - what is worry?

Why is it important to talk about anxiety?  Children often don’t recognise their anxiety for what it is.  Instead, they may think there is something ‘wrong’ with them.  Children may only focus on the physical symptoms of anxiety.  Therefore, the first step is to teach children about anxiety – how it looks, how it works and how to recognise if it is problematic. Knowledge is power.

 

Download the Get a GRIP Journal by clicking on Lesson One below.  You may need to pause the teaching video in order to complete the activities for the lesson.

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Lesson Two - gather the clues

Once your child has learned to identify the different ways that anxiety and worry affect his or her thoughts, feelings and behaviour, the next step is for them to understand that there is a link between a situation and their thoughts and feelings.  Lesson Two teaches children that in every situation when they feel anxious, they have a worried thought that causes the negative feeling.   Lesson Two also teaches children how to use the worry scale to measure their fears and understand that anxious feelings have different levels or intensities.

 

Download the Get a GRIP Journal by clicking on Lesson Two below.  You may need to pause the teaching video in order to complete the activities for the lesson.

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Lesson Three - realistic thinking

Lesson Three teaches children all about their brain.  Learning about the brain helps to better understand why you feel, think and act the way you do when you experience anxiety.  Children will learn how to change worried thoughts to calm thoughts by using realistic thinking.  Realistic thinking involves searching for evidence and clues in order to find the truth!

 

Download the Get a GRIP Journal by clicking on Lesson Three below.  You may need to pause the teaching video in order to complete the activities for the lesson.

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Lesson Four - identify a plan

We apologise for the delay!  We will be bringing you Lesson Four very soon!