Ask the Expert (December 2018)

Are you worried about your child’s fears or phobias? Dr Nithya Poornima, Clinical Psychologist from NIMHANS who works with children , answers questions from parents with the same concern.

By Dr Nithya Poornima

In dealing with fears and phobias three things are important – validating the child’s fears; helping the child learn a relaxing response; introducing the child to the feared situation in graded steps while assisting them to practice the relaxing response at the same time. Stories, songs, games and pretend-play are effective tools to help young children work through their fears. Let's now look at each situation.

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