Is your child afraid to fly?
We run two fear of flying courses specifically designed for children and young people. Our half day Children's Workshop is aimed at children at junior school aged 7 to 11. For older children and teenagers at secondary school aged 11 to 17 we run our full day Teenagers' Course, including a flight on a BA jet.
Our next Children's Workshop to help young people overcome a fear of flying will be Autumn 2017, date TBA, at London Heathrow. For more information call 01252 793250.
Both courses are hosted by our professional counselling team, Donna Allright and Jane Whybrow, with over 40 years experience between them in helping young people. The courses include input from a British Airways pilot. A DBS checked adult is present at all times. Through a bespoke programme of interactive group work, education, self awareness and a variety of coping strategies and techniques, it is our aim to demystify the technical aspects of air travel and empower young people to accept, reduce or completely overcome their individual fear or anxiety in a cultivated secure environment.
The Children's Workshop is a stand alone course for a maximum of EIGHT children and is held at The T5 Sofitel, but does not include a flight. The course includes a landside visit to Terminal 5 hosted by a British Airways Captain. Our Children's Course costs £199 including VAT, please call for more information or to register your interest.
The maximum number for the Teenagers' Course is capped at SIX, which has proven to work really well for the group. The teenagers will be participating in interactive sessions with our specialist counsellors, pilots, cabin crew and a psychologist. A parent or guardian (who should NOT have a fear of flying) is required to accompany the teenager on the flight, but will not participate in the sessions. Our experience has shown us that running the courses in this format has a far greater success rate for children in this age group. The cost of the course and flights (one child plus one adult) is £575. Please note that our Teenage course on Saturday 1 July 2017 IS NOW FULL. Our next Teenage course will be held on Saturday 23 September 2017, which is available to book now, by telephone only.
These courses are yielding fantastic results. During the last three years we have had teenagers with an extremely wide range of different issues, but they have confronted their fear of flying on this amazing day. We boast an excellent success rate since we started these courses in 2012.
So, if your son or daughter has a fear of flying, please call 01252 793250 for more information from our course counsellor who will be happy to discuss the course with you in detail.
You are not able to book these courses online, and please refer to our terms and conditions for specific age group policiies.
Our experience has shown us that young people struggle to assimilate all the information that is covered during the presentations on the main adult course, but that in a group of people of similar ages, the course is extremely effective - see recent feedback below:
'Firstly, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the fact that you all went out of your way to accommodate Paul at such late notice and for taking so much care of him when you had the main group to look after. As you can imagine he was extremely apprehensive about coming on the course in the first place after such a difficult experience when we had to get off the flight to New York last month.
The advice, attention to detail and care you showed him was just amazing and not only did he get a great deal from the day in terms of addressing his worries, I would go as far as to say he enjoyed the whole experience including the flight. As you know better than me, it is difficult to predict how an 11 year old will react after building up so much anxiety but he really could not have been better looked after.
The expertise of you and Keith, along with your tower block worry grid, really put his fears into an easy to digest form and most importantly showed us how he can manage the fear and anxiety, hopefully at an early enough stage. As someone who flies a great deal, I was so interesting to see the length you go to help those who have built up a fear to flying and I am sure that they appreciate all your collective help as much as we did.
Clearly, this is just the first stage for Paul and I will keep you informed on his progress but with a positive approach, I hope Paul can send you a Christmas card from Miami. If you can please pass on my sincere thanks also to Keith, Jon and Steve and if you could send me Keith’s details, as I would like to write to him personally to thank him also.
Many thanks again, best wishes, John"
and more recently...
I would like to say a huge thank you to you. We've just returned from our holiday and Ryan was quite happy to fly home and wasn't nervous one bit.
On the flight out the captain and co-pilot were fantastic. They said that they were expecting Ryan (thanks to yourself) and asked if he wanted to sit in the cockpit whilst they did their pre-flight checks. They also invited him back in after the flight. Ryan loved it and now seems quite happy to fly. Sitting through the pre-flight checks seems to have got rid of the last remaining bit of nerves that he still had after doing the course.
Everyone that has helped Ryan with his fear have been great and gone above and beyond what I expected.'
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