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School Anxiety, Avoidance and Refusal: Parenting Strategies that Help

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Practical advice about teen anxiety – Chicago Tribune

Jacqueline Rhew offers parents common sense advice about how to assess and treat teen anxiety. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune)

Teen anxiety is at an all-time high, and arming kids with healthy coping strategies is more important than ever.  C0-founder, Jackie Rhew shares simple tips in this video with the Chicago Tribune on how you can help your child cope.

Intervention Strategies to Engage Students and Parents Struggling with School Anxiety and Refusal

Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic


First in a series of workbooks designed to train and encourage parents, educators and coaches on strategies that work with children and teens through focus on self-reflection, communication, values and skill building.


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