Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)
SPACE is a parent-based treatment program for children and adolescents with anxiety, OCD, and related problems.
What is Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions?
SPACE is an evidence-based treatment for childhood anxiety disorders. It has been shown to be effective in research studies of children between the ages of 7- to 14- years-old. It can be used in conjunction with individual CBT for the child if needed. SPACE has also been shown to be effective with preschoolers. SPACE aims to treat children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Although children do not have to attend SPACE sessions – they are the patients! When SPACE treatment is successful children feel less anxious and function better following treatment.
This treatment can help children struggling with:
- Separation anxiety
- Social anxiety
- Generalized anxiety
- Fears and phobias
- Panic disorder and Agoraphobia
- Selective mutism
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
What does treatment look like?
- Parents (and other caregivers) participate in SPACE treatment sessions. In most cases the child or adolescent does not need to attend the treatment sessions.
- Parents who participate in SPACE will learn skills and tools to help their child overcome anxiety, OCD or related problems.
- The treatment focuses on changes that parents can make to their own behavior, they do not need to make their child change.
The two main changes that parents learn to make in SPACE treatment are to respond more supportively to their anxious child and to reduce the accommodations they have been making to the child symptoms.