Confident Parents: Thriving Kids- Anxiety Program

A new, free service is available to help BC families with young children who are experiencing challenges with anxiety.

The Confident Parents: Thriving Kids – Anxiety Program is a web and telephone-based coaching service for parents and caregivers that effectively reduces mild to moderate anxiety in their children ages 3 – 12.

Through a series of online videos demonstrating key concepts and approaches, supported by 4 to 8 telephone coaching sessions, parents and caregivers build skills and strategies they can use with their child at home, at school and with friends.

Developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division in collaboration with BC experts who work extensively with children experiencing anxiety and their families, this ‘made in BC’ program incorporates concepts from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

The new Anxiety Program builds on the success of the award-winning Confident Parents: Thriving Kids – Behaviour Program, in which 85% of families who complete the program report good or very good improvement in their child’s behaviour.

These phone- and web-based programs improve access to early interventions by reducing barriers to support such as long wait times, cost, distance and stigma associated with accessing interventions.

Confident Parents: Thriving Kids – Anxiety Program is available at no cost to families across BC through teacher or school counsellor referral.

For more information and referral forms, please visit

Coming to AES Sensory Paths

Great News! AES has been chosen to be the SD 83 pilot school for the Movement Sensory Paths! We are a long way away from installing them but we are eager to share the news. Click on the link from CBC Kids to learn more. Scroll down further and you will see how these paths align well with our AES School Improvement Goal #3 STUDENT WELL-BEING

AES School Improvement Goal #3:  STUDENT WELL-BEING

Focus : Core Competency Personal Awareness & Responsibility:

Student well-being, self- advocacy, and self-regulating

  • Students will develop understanding of the many aspects of well-being, including physical, mental, and social.
  • Students will learn well-being, self-advocacy, and self-regulating strategies, skills, and attitudes to support lifelong health.

Research shows physical activity and other healthy choices can help reduce the occurrence of preventable illnesses and contribute to cognitive development. Even when made early, choices can have consequences that affect people positively or negatively for the rest of their lives. It is therefore important that students be able to access and analyze information, in order to make informed choices that affect their physical, mental, and social well-being.