Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles

Cool Little Kids

Name

Cool Little Kids

Target audience

Parents

CfC Objective

Supporting Families and Parents
Create Strong Child-Friendly Communities

Organisation

Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health

Delivery Setting

Community-based

Description

An early intervention version of the Cool Kids program that aims to educate parents on how best to parent a child with anxiety.

Delivered to

Parents of children aged 3-6 at high risk of developing an anxiety disorder.

Delivered by

To deliver the program, facilitators must meet the following criteria:

  • 4 year undergraduate or 2 year postgraduate degree in health (psychology, counselling, social work, occupational therapy) or education; and
  • Additional training in cognitive-behavioural therapy (dedicated postgraduate subject, introductory workshop or online training from a recognised provider).
Program Structure

Six 2-hour group sessions over 6-8 weeks or six 1-hour individual sessions covering the following topics:

  • Understanding anxiety and shyness in preschool children
  • Causes and risk factors for child anxiety
  • Helpful and unhelpful ways of responding to anxiety in children
  • Skills and strategies to help your child build brave behaviours and face fears
  • Dealing with setbacks and difficulties
  • How to maintain progress after the program ends.
Training

Mandatory Cool Little Kids training and accreditation will be in effect from 2019 (dates still to be confirmed).

Any person wishing to run the Cool Little Kids program will need to first be trained and accredited in running the Cool Kids program (which is currently available). Modules related to Cool Little Kids will be offered at a later time.

Contact the Centre for Emotional Health for further information.

Cost

Cool Kids training costs are:

Cool Little Kids training fees are yet to be confirmed.

The Cool Little Kids program kit costs $50 and includes:

  • 1 x program manual
  • 1 x parent workbook

Materials can be purchased from the Centre for Emotional Health: https://shop.centreforemotionalhealth.com.au/product/cool-little-kids-kit/

Contact

Phone: (02) 9850 8711
Email: ehc.admin@mq.edu.au
Website: www.mq.edu.au/coolkids or www.mq.edu.au/ceh

Evaluation and effectiveness

The program has undergone several RCTs including a RCT for a slightly modified version of the program aimed at high-risk children. Children whose parents participate in the program show signficant decreases in anxiety diagnoses and a lower frequency and severity of anxiety symptoms (Rapee et al., 2005; Rapee et al., 2010; Rapee et al., 2013). High-risk children showed a signficant reduction in anxiety disorders (Kennedy et al., 2009).

Rapee, R.M., Kennedy, S., Ingram, M., Edwards, S., & Sweeney, L. (2005). Prevention and early intervention of anxiety disorders in inhibited preschool children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73(3), 488-497.

Rapee, R.M., Kennedy, S., Ingram, M., Edwards, S., & Sweeney, L. (2010). Altering the trajectory of anxiety in at-risk young children. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 167(12), 1518-1525.

Rapee, R.M. (2013). The preventative effects of a brief, early intervention for preschool-aged children at risk for internalising: Follow-up into middle adolescence. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(7), 780-788.

Kennedy, S., Rapee, R.M., & Edwards, S. (2009). A selective intervention program for inhibited preschool-aged children of parents with an anxiety disorder: Effects on current anxiety disorders and temperament. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 48(6), 602-609.