Anxiety and Disruptive Behaviors in Children: Alternative Explanations, Solutions and Treatment Techniques

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Christi Bostwick
6 Hours 24 Minutes
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Dec 04, 2020


Children’s behavior sometimes just does not make sense. They may behave great at school and then trash the house when they get home. They may wake at night with terrors even though nothing disruptive seems to be going on during the day. Nice parents with out of control kids are difficult to figure out.

Dr. Bostwick has worked with children and their parents for over 25 years conducting research and providing cognitive behavioral solutions to even the most puzzling behavior. Common childhood milestones can become challenging if a child doesn't behave as we would expect. Dr. Bostwick will show you how anxiety and unexpected behavior can be a side effect of other problems you may not have considered. Kids with baffling behavior are often resistant to tried and true treatment options for anxiety and behavior disorders.

Watch Dr. Bostwick, who has done the hard work for you, in this recording! She’ll share developmentally appropriate considerations and techniques on how to proceed with highly sensitive childhood behavior:

  • Suicidal five-year-old
  • Child running the household and parents walking on eggshells
  • 3-year-old who has just been kicked out of her second daycare
  • 6-year-old tells you they hear voices or see things that are not there

Dr. Bostwick will help you create real and positive long term change that promotes healthy development from childhood into adolescence and beyond! Don’t miss an opportunity to learn from her.



Considerations to Improve Your Diagnostic Accuracy When Treating Children with Anxiety
  • Role of development
  • Therapeutic setting
  • Clinical interviews with young children
  • Avoidant behavior
  • Children 0-2
  • Helpful therapeutic aids
Strategies for Therapeutic Flexibility
  • Gain rapport, read what needs to happen
  • ”Get down on the floor”
  • When parents should and shouldn’t stay
  • Discussing sensitive information
  • When to request separate session with parents: Rookie mistakes
Behavior Management Techniques – Foundational Principles
  • Objectives
  • Types of attention and how they help or inhibit parental control
  • Essential techniques to avoid
  • Essential techniques to include

Strategies for Differential Diagnoses in Children: Anxiety or a Symptom of Something Else?


  • Healthy developmental trajectory
  • Adult versus childhood anxiety
  • Translating research-based calming techniques to other settings
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic
  • Can be diagnosed at four years of age, but should it be?
  • Hyperactivity trajectory
  • Inattention trajectory
  • Is ADHD really an attention deficit?
  • What is it – Why you need to Know
  • Other toileting difficulties
  • Genetic predisposition to constipation/constipation in infancy
  • Toileting refusal
  • Stool withholding
Sensory Processing Deficits
  • The immature neurological system
  • World as sandpaper – sensory processing issues to consider
Learning Difficulties
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • ADHD
Advanced Cognitive Ability
  • Aggression in highly intelligent children
  • Intellectually eccentric child


Christi Bostwick, Ph.D. Related seminars and products: 1

Dr. Christi Bostwick, Ph.D., is a developmental and child psychologist and parenting expert with over 25 years of experience in treating children and adolescents. Dr. Bostwick specializes in co-occurring behavioral concerns in children and adolescents often produced as a result of learning differences, sensory deficits, and toileting concerns. Dr. Bostwick’s eclectic and conversational approach draws heavily from her background in developmental and family systems research and practice.

Dr. Bostwick is in private practice at The Talk Doctor in Northfield, MN. She serves as an adjunct instructor at her alma mater, St. Olaf College. Dr. Bostwick has also been an adjunct instructor at The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and Rockhurst University in in Kansas City, Missouri. She has taught introductory and clinical psychology courses to a variety of undergraduates and supervised post-doctoral students. She wrote a children’s book titled, Blankie Bits, which was a 2014 finalist in the Indie Book Awards. Dr. Bostwick also provides parenting basics on her blog, and has contributed to several online news providers including the Huffington Post.

Dr. Bostick earned her BA at St. Olaf College and her Ph.D. at The University of Kansas. Dr. Bostwick completed a clinical child psychology internship and fellowship at The Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She has spent her entire career either working within medical practices or partnering with community medical professionals to provide integrative care.​

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Christi Bostwick is in private practice. She is an adjunct assistant professor at St. Olaf College. Dr. Bostwick receives royalties for her published materials and receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Dr. Christi Bostwick has no non-financial information to disclose.