Meet Jan and Elise

image of Janis Gioia, Creator of Comforting Anxious Children

Hi. Welcome to Comforting Anxious Children, a site devoted to helping anxious children find peace for mind, body and spirit.

Like many of you, I’ve struggled with anxiety, and so have my children, and the students in my classroom.

When I was teaching in a primary grade classroom, the greatest challenge facing most of my students was anxiety.

Students were anxious about tests, about challenges in their home life, about scary things in the news; some children were anxious most of the time, but they didn’t know why.

I created this website to share resources to calm and comfort anxious children, mind, body and spirit.

I have a Master’s Degree in special education and have taught students with special needs from preschool through adult.  I have worked as an advocate for children and adults with disabilities to help them secure services, modifications and accommodations to meet their needs.

When I’m not writing you’ll find me outside with my husband, kids and our three dogs.

I love dogs and would have one of every breed if I could. My daughter and I dream of buying a huge farm and turning it into a huge rescue shelter for all animals, big and small.

I love writing, peppermint tea and Snoopy!  He’s a writer too!

Peace, Jan

Hey what’s up guys!

I’m a social work major at The University of Utah and a camp counselor for children in the foster care system who have experienced trauma.

The first time I worked with at risk-kids changed me…and now I want to spend my life making an impact, one person at a time.

I’ve struggled with anxiety my entire life and I am passionate about advocating for mental health care for all people.

I love the mountains, am an animal rights advocate and plan to start a non-profit with therapy animals.

I’m so excited to be writing for teens!  Warm wishes, Elise

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