Turnaround – a natural way to treat child anxiety

turnaround happy clientsTurnaround is a proven, award-winning, effective audio program that will teach your child what anxiety is, how it works, and how to overcome it. Turnaround is truly an unique program because unlike other materials, Turnaround speaks directly to your child. Turnaround works best with children ages 6 – 12.

How does it help children treat anxiety?

Each day, your child will listen to a 20-25 minute “lesson” and then complete a few exercises in the Turnaround Journal. There are 10 lessons in all.

The “lessons” are embedded into an adventurous camping story in which six anxious kids take a 10-day hiking trip with Dr. David, Dr. Chris, and Emily, who is a teen mentor to the kids.

In Turnaround, kids speak to kids! Fourteen child-actors and six adult-actors were hired to ensure that your child would remain interested in the material and really want to hear it!

We also added animated characters to make it even more entertaining. The result is a clever blend of proven treatment methods inside an exciting story that your child will love, guaranteed or your money back!

Listen to this QUICK 2 Minute explanation of the Turnaround program.


How can I buy Turnaround?

Turnaround comes in a variety formats. The most common formats are shown below. For more program types visit our on-line shop.

Award Winning Program for Child Anxiety

Turnaround has been purchased by thousands of families worldwide and results from an independent research study finds it comparable to face-to-face therapy using CBT. We have received hundreds of letters from both parents and children testifying to the effectiveness of the Turnaround program. Read them for yourself on the Testimonial page.

We recommend Turnaround for ages 6 – 12

What are the Benefits of Turnaround for Children?

  • Turnaround speaks directly to children – not adults. We use our experience in working with kids to capture your child’s attention, teach in a way they can understand, and effectively change how they deal with anxiety. We do the work so you don’t have to! You simply support your child as they work to carry out what we teach them.
  • Kids love listening to stories, especially when told by children. Kids speak to kids in turnaround. Your child will hear a lot from other kids, not just the 6 children who are the main characters in the Turnaround story but also from outtakes of other children telling their stories of overcoming fear.
  • Get the benefit of receiving professional counseling in your home! Two experienced therapists wrote the program and they, with the help of other children, will counsel your child in the comfort of their own home. What a great option for your child to utilize!
  • Your child will bond with the children and characters in the story (a very important part of success. They will feel a part of a group that understands their struggles, and work to imitate the success they hear being accomplished by the children in the story. The human brain mimics behavior so this format works naturally with your child. Read the testimonies to see how successfully it works!
  • It’s a great way for both parent & child to bond and grow. We strongly encourage parents to listen to Turnaround with their child. There is a unique language used in Turnaround that you will learn together and use effectively throughout the day. This is one of the features parents tell us they love most! So, when you’re out and about and your child starts to have anxiety, you can turn them to them and say, “Sounds like Krank is talking Whacky Thoughts to you and you just need to “chill with it.” Your child will know exactly what you’re talking about and begin to implement the strategies we’ve taught them in Turnaround.
  • Turnaround is a money-saving option. Turnaround costs less than an average session with a psychologist. Even if you have insurance, 10 sessions with copays will equal more than the cost of Turnaround.

Does it really cure anxiety in children?

Turnaround launched in April of 2010. By 2014, thousands of programs have been either shipped or downloaded worldwide. The feedback we have received from both parents and children has been beyond out wildest hopes.

Turnaround is purchased by parents all over the world! Not only do children in the USA love Turnaround, but it is also a hit in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Kits have also been shipped to families New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland. English speaking families, many in the military, have purchased Turnaround from Dubai, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, and Germany.

You can also read hundreds of testimonials from happy parents and children

Research on Turnaround

Recently, we received research data from a study done in Australia. The results of the random controlled trials (RCT) were VERY strong regarding the effectiveness of Turnaround. Here are some summary highlights:

The Turnaround program was effective in reducing the clinical severity rating of the primary diagnosis, decreasing the number of diagnoses held, improving overall level of functioning, reducing child and parent report of anxiety symptoms, and reducing the experience of anxiety.

For all measures, these improvements were either maintained or improved upon at 3-month follow-up.

The percentage of children free from their primary diagnosis is comparable to that found in traditional face-to-face CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) for child anxiety.

It is also important to comment on the ability of Turnaround to treat comorbid (more than one at the same time) anxiety diagnoses. Children rarely present with one anxiety diagnosis. The results from this research suggest that Turnaround is not only able to reduce primary anxiety diagnoses, but comorbid disorders as well, with almost half of the children being free from any diagnosis at 3-month follow-up.

How Turnaround Helps Parents

The program includes more than three hours of material to inform and support parents of anxious children.

Included in the Turnaround program is a Guide for Parents that is an hour and a half discussion with Dr. David and Dr. Chris about child anxiety and the struggles many parents face.

Many parents listen to this resource more than once to really take in all the information presented. They find it very helpful in parenting their anxious child.

What happens if I don’t like the program or does not work for me?

Purchasing Turnaround is essentially risk free! We offer 30, 60, and 90-day money back guarantees depending upon which version of the program you buy!

What is the best program format for me?

If you want immediate access to the program choose the digital download. If you want the kit (as shown in the picture), choose standard. Choose Premium to get both the instant download and the kit. For more program types visit our on-line shop.

Who is behind Turnaround?

Dr Russ

Dr Chris MacCarthy

Dr McCarthy

Dr. Christopher McCarthy and Dr. David Russ having been working with children in both clinical and non-clinical settings for over 40 years! They both specialize in anxiety and daily help children overcome anxiety. Their own children also struggled with anxiety, so they know first-hand what a parent goes through with an anxious child.

In 2008, after reviewing available online material for parents to use with their anxious child, both doctors were troubled by what they saw. The material was not based upon researched methods, was geared towards parents who would then have to pass along the material to their child, and really offered limited help. Because of their unique training, experience and desire to help more children, they decided to create a professional, evidenced-based treatment program that speaks directly to children (bypassing the need for the parent to play therapist) in the language that made sense AND held their attention.

Watch a 90 seconds interview with Dr McCarthy in a morning talk show explaining how the Turnaround program helps children overcome their fears