Cool Kids Online
The Cool Kids Online program is based on the Cool Kids face-to-face program which has been running at Macquarie University since 1993. The Cool Kids program is a structured, skills-based program that teaches children (aged 7–12) and their parents how to better manage anxiety. Results show most young people who complete our program experience significant improvements with decreases in worry, fear, family distress and life interference.
The Cool Kids Online program has 8 online lessons for parents and children to complete together over 10 weeks. Topics covered in the program include:
- Learning about feelings and anxiety
- Fighting fear by facing fear (stepladders)
- Detective thinking, and learning to think more realistically
- Building assertiveness and dealing with teasing
- Helpful ways of coping when upset
Parents take the role of their child’s coach helping them put skills into practice, and most importantly, give their child support and encouragement along the way. Coaches also learn about helpful ways of responding to anxiety.
The online lessons are accompanied by four scheduled phone calls with a therapist. During these calls parents can troubleshoot using Cool Kids skills with their child.
Does Cool Kids Online Work?
Cool Kids Online is based on many years of research on our face-to-face programs and also on years of research on our self-help Cool Kids programs. These self-help versions of Cool Kids have progressed over the years from written workbooks, to computer programs and now into an online format.
Our research with self-help versions of Cool Kids have shown that anxiety reduces, participation increases and life gets easier for both children and parents. We also know that having the support of a therapist while completing the program helps families to make progress. This is the reason for the 4 scheduled phone calls with parents while using Cool Kids Online.
How can I participate?
Having recently completed our research on Cool Kids Online, in June 2017 we will offer the program for the first time as a paid service. If you are interested in participating in Cool Kids Online please add your details to our email list and we will send you further information on the paid Cool Kids Online service in June.