Topeka, Kan. – Feeling anxious or worried isn’t unusual for children and adolescents. However, for some children, those feelings become overwhelming and they get stuck in their worried thoughts. If you think your child might be getting overwhelmed with worries, bring them to the free anxiety screening Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Washburn University’s Psychological Services Clinic.
At Washburn’s Psychological Services Clinic, graduate students will carefully screen each child under the close supervision of faculty who are also licensed therapists. Each child will be given tests to reveal their level of anxiety and determine if therapy is appropriate for them. If a child cannot attend because of school, parents can complete an anxiety measure reporting on their child’s experiences.
“This is a confidential screening and it is absolutely free and there is absolutely no obligation,” said Dr. Cindy Turk, chair of the psychology department. “However, if therapy might help, our clinic offers a low-cost option or we can refer you to other resources in the area.”
For those children suffering with anxiety, it’s important to get help as soon as possible, Turk said. Not obtaining treatments can have serious consequences on both the child’s development and self-esteem.
“Untreated anxiety disorders can cause problems in school and strain family or peer relationships,” she said. “They can lead to more serious problems for the child down the road.”
Information is available outside of the clinic in Henderson Hall, Room 111 or parents can call the clinic at (785) 670-1750 for more information. The screenings are done privately inside the clinic and parents are welcome to come alone or bring their child or adolescent. Parents can choose to fill out the screening questionnaire describing their child’s anxiety without the child present if that is more comfortable or convenient.
“Once again, the screening is free and all calls and services are confidential,” Turk said. “And, for parents who decide to have their child or adolescent pursue therapy at our clinic, the cost is just $10 per weekly session.”