Anxiety conditions – separation anxiety, social anxiety, phobias and generalized anxiety – are the most prevalent mental health condition, but they often go unnoticed because they are internalized. More than 13 percent of students experience significant anxiety that limits their engagement in school and in relationships.
The impact on students is significant. Experiencing some anxiety is normal but when it is always present, a student can feel drained and distracted – limiting his or her capacity for participating in school lessons and activities.
During this 90-minute webinar, Mike Paget, M.Ed., will give teachers, counselors, social workers, administrators and other professionals the tools to support and teach this high-potential portion of the student population while avoiding an unmanageable classroom environment.
- Variations of anxiety and how to recognize indicators of this condition
- Cognitive distortions anxiety sufferers may experience:
- Everybody hates me
- This will never help
- Nothing good ever happens to me
- Cognitive-behavioral model of anxiety disorders
- Verbal strategies that support vs. escalate
- Classroom routines that unintentionally escalate emotions of a student with anxiety
- Classroom expressions of anxiety:
- Frequent erasing
- Refusing to get started
- Excessive worry
- Resisting getting involved
- Avoiding participation
- Accommodations that work
Webinar attendees will learn to:
- Recognize indicators of anxiety disorders which undermine a student’s success
- Avoid classroom routines and teacher behaviors that may unintentionally escalate the emotions of a student who experiences significant anxiety
- Use verbal strategies that support vs. escalate a student’s anxiety
- Employ social strategies to better connect an anxious student with others in the class
- Coach the student to learn to manage his or her unique nature
- Interpret student behaviors that may be expressions of anxiety
- Accommodate students with anxiety disorders to optimize their school experience
About the Presenter:
Mike Paget, M.Ed. currently works as a consultant to schools throughout North America to help them better teach challenging students. As a state consultant for students with severe emotional and behavioral problems, he worked with ODD, CD and other special needs students for more than 25 years.