Here are some words of wisdom from other parents who have a child with anxiety
Afraid of “uncomfortable” topics? Play Go Fish!
Many children with anxiety fear specific things, so much so that they are unable to even say the word that reminds them of those things!
One such little girl was terrified at the thought of death. She was afraid that her family members would die, her dog, and it began to spread to worrying if she saw a dead bug or heard the word dead on TV or in a movie, or book. She had trouble reading in school if the book involved anyone dead or recently passed (which, more than you might think, comes up quite often!). She even got scared when a scene in the muppet movie had an evil character say, “I’ll bury you!” to the muppets. She couldn’t say the word dead, and instead chose to say “NA” which stood for “Not Alive,” which eventually became just “N.” One step in helping her was to explain that the bully was wanting to get her attention and we didn’t need to give it attention. We also wanted her to get “bored” of the words that were causing her anxiety; namely, the words related to “Dead” or “Dying.” To help her get “bored” of the words and thoughts, her mom created a “Go Fish” game, with cards with “Fear” words and phrases that would have to be said to win.