WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Fearless Me! Is designed for children aged 8-18 years old with an intellectual disability. Currently, they are working with children who have a borderline IQ, mild or moderate intellectual disability.
The program is suited for children and adolescents who are experiencing some form of anxiety. This can include worries related to school, home, friends, health, new situations and phobias.
HOW WAS IT DEVELOPED?
Fearless Me! was developed in recognition that there was a shortage of treatment programs for children with intellectual disabilities with mental health concerns.
The Fearless Me! program is based upon scientific research which has been conducted at the University of Technology Sydney. In developing this program, we have worked with parents, psychologists, special education teachers, psychiatrists and other health professionals to make this program best suited to the needs of children with intellectual disability.
The Fearless Me! program will continue to undergo further evaluation.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Fearless Me! program explores the ways in which children think, feel and behave. The aim of the program is to help the children overcome their fears and worries, and help them to live a full and happy life.
Throughout the program, children will be taught a number of strategies, including relaxation techniques and how to cope with worrisome situations. They will learn how to identify their thoughts, and challenge some of these thoughts, in order to face their fears.
This method of working with thoughts, feelings and behaviours is called Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). CBT is a very well researched therapy with significant evidence to suggest that it can be effective for children with mood and anxiety disorders.
The treatment runs for 12 weeks. Children are required to come to the University of Technology Sydney where they will have face to face therapy sessions with a registered psychologist. Children and caregivers will be given access to the Fearless Me! online program which allows children to practice their skills at home.