Presentation on theme: "Addressing Barriers to Learning: Helping Students Cope with Disruptive Behaviors Anxiety Disorder Mental Health in the Schools Series Suzanne Rilling Mili."— Presentation transcript:
Addressing Barriers to Learning: Helping Students Cope with Disruptive Behaviors Anxiety Disorder Mental Health in the Schools Series Suzanne Rilling Mili Lal Susan Cole
OBJECTIVES Overview of Anxiety Disorder Signs and Symptoms Strategies/Interventions Classroom Accommodations Developing a Plan Case Study
ANXIETY A generalized response to people or events that pose no immediate threat although to the individual they seem threatening.
ANXIETY DISORDERS General Information: Effects approx % of school aged children Most prevalent psychiatric diagnosis in those 16 yrs. & younger Associated with negative impact in multiple domains High rate of comorbidity
Diagnostic Criteria Symptoms are at an inappropriate severity level for age and developmental stage. Must cause SIGNIFICANT functional impairment to be considered a disorder.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety: COGNITIVE Fearful Nervous Stressed Self-defeating Inattentive Indecisive
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety: BEHAVIORAL Restless Clingy Dependent Shy Withdrawn Avoidant
ACTIVITY WHAT MIGHT ANXIETY LOOK LIKE IN YOUR CLASSROOM/SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT?
Observable/Measurable Behaviors of Anxiety in the Classroom Clingy Refusal Withdrawn Leaving the room Frequent visits to the nurse Shut down Cries easily Negative self-talk Nail biting Hair Twirling
Types of Treatment Psychotherapeutic Treatments Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Family Therapy Other Therapies Medication Treatments Other Services
Anxiety and Development Childhood Fear of animals, the dark, imaginary creatures Middle Childhood School Performance Adolescence Social and Interpersonal
STRATEGY INFORMATION SHARE WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOESN’T?
Helpful Accommodations Back and Forth Notebook between home and school Extended time for tests/assignments Late start to school day or shortened day Unlimited access to bathroom/water Extra set of books at home Tool kit to manage emotions Calculator for math Break long tasks into smaller segments Permission to have snacks Alternative/Modified assignments Books on tape Natural Light Hard copy of notes
Developing A Good Intervention Plan STEP 1: Establish a team STEP 2: Get Student Input STEP 3: Teach Self-Monitoring Techniques STEP 4: Design Classroom Exit Strategy for the student