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The Cool Kids Series 

The Cool Kids Series of Programs aims to help children and adolescents learn to manage anxiety and related difficulties.  Within the series there are a number of programs including:
  • Cool Little Kids    - a program for parents of Preschool Aged Children
  • Cool Kids             - a program designed for Primary School aged children
  • Cool Kids (ASD)  -  an autism spectrum disorder adaptation​
  • Chill'd                   - a program designed for Adolescents.
 
The Cool Kids program was developed by Macquarie University and has been running since 1993. The program has undergone continual scientific evaluation and development to include the latest understanding of anxiety and its treatment. It has been translated into a number of languages and today, is used in clinics, schools and hospitals around the world. 

Cool Little Kids®  | Parents of Preschool Children 3-6 years of age

The Cool Little Kids Anxiety Prevention Program is a 6 week parent based program for Preschool Aged children. It focuses on teaching children, through their parents, to build confidence and develop skills to help them manage their child’s anxiety and other negative emotions as they grow. It's aimed at parents of children who are shy, withdrawn, or inhibited.
Parents will gain insight into why their child is shy; the links between shyness and anxiety, and how to prevent anxiety problems.
 
You will also learn practical strategies such as:
  • What to do when your child is worried or scared
  • How to encourage their bravery 
  • How to gradually and gently teach your child to face their fears
  • How to use rewards to increase your child's bravery

  • How to reduce unhelpful parenting strategies

  • How to help your child become more independent

  • How to keep your thoughts accurate

  • How to prepare for future challenges

Cool Kids®  | Children 7-12 years of age

Cool Kids is a structured program that teaches children and their parents how to better manage a child’s anxiety. The program is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), involves the participation of children and parents, and focuses on teaching practical skills.

 

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Learning about anxiety

  • Learning to think realistically

  • Parenting an anxious child

  • Facing fears using stepladders and

  • Learning coping skills such as assertiveness or problem solving.

What’s involved?
  • The program involves 1 hourly sessions, held weekly. 

  • Parent and Child workbooks.

 

The program is designed for children aged around 7 - 12. It uses a cognitive behavioural approach which means that it focuses on teaching skills to manage anxiety. 

Practice tasks are a crucial part of the program and are given following every session. Practice tasks encourage use of new skills in everyday situations.

 

The Cool Kids program also has an ASD adaptation. 

Cool Kids®  | "Chilled" Adolescent Anxiety Program

Teens 13-17 years of Age

Cool Kids 'Chill'd'  is a structured weekly program that teaches children and their parents how to better manage a child’s anxiety. The program is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), involves the participation of children and parents, and focuses on teaching practical skills.

 

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Learning about anxiety

  • Learning to think realistically

  • Parenting an anxious child

  • Facing fears using stepladders and

  • Learning coping skills such as assertiveness or problem solving.

What’s involved?

Cool Kids "Chilled" is aimed at treating anxiety disorders in adolescents.  It is designed for children aged around 13 - 17. It uses a cognitive behavioural approach which means that it focuses on teaching skills to manage anxiety. 

 

Practice tasks are a crucial part of the program and are given following every session. Practice tasks encourage use of new skills in everyday situations.