Help children discover ways to overcome worries emerging from imagination.
Observe that this app is designed to help children overcome unfounded worries. Unfounded worries are different from real worries. They are born in the child's imagination rather than being related to some actual danger in the child's real world.
Many sensitive children suffer from unfounded worries or scary fantasies. Children may fear, for example, the boogey man, harmless insects, contracting a fatal disease, burgles, being laughed at, something bad happening to their parents, making mistakes, etc.
To get rid of unfounded worries children often use ineffective means that give them only temporary relief from anxiety. Here are three examples of such unhelpful means:
Avoidance The child for example refuses to go to school.
Superstitious rituals The child performs repeatedly weird rituals with which he or she tries to prevent the dreaded bad thing from happening.
Reassurance The child asks repeatedly an adult to convince him or her that nothing bad will happen.
With the help of this app you can teach children better ways to free themselves of unfounded worries. Anxious Andy helps children become better aware of their unfounded worries and teaches them, with the help of numerous examples, how to overcome worries by changing your way of responding to them.
When the child has gotten the hang of it using the app, let them give Andy a new worry, and then help them come up with a response that Andy can use to overcome his worry. In this way the child can practice overcoming their worries by giving their own worries to Andy and then helping Andy overcome the worry.