Many people, including young children and adolescents, struggle with anxiety on a daily basis. Australian school psychologists have identified anxiety as the most common issue encountered in their work with students and their families in primary schools; with one in five children and adolescents having elevated symptoms of anxiety. High levels of anxiety negatively impact on a child’s ability to think, learn and interact socially.
This new Psych4Schools ebooklet, Working with children who are anxious (new edition, book 2) provides a brief overview of anxiety and practical strategies teachers and other school professionals can use to support children who are anxious. Strategies are designed for use with students in primary and junior secondary schools.
Relevant strategies can also be easily adapted to be included in Individual Learning Plans and in the recommendations section of psychologist reports. The ebooklet includes the following topics:
Strategies to help support a child diagnosed with an anxiety disorder
- Collaborate with other professionals
Strategies to support the child who is anxious
- Build trust and one-on-one speaking times
- Use supportive talk to reduce anxiety
- Help the child gain a sense of perspective
- Help the child to think clearly and logically
- Teach relaxation techniques
- Build a can-do attitude
- Promote connectedness and help-seeking behaviour
- Tailor learning to build social emotional intelligence
- Learning disability
- Serious medical conditions
- Answering questions aloud in class
- Mathematics anxiety
- Homework, assessment and test anxiety
- School camps
This ebooklet is part of a two-book series. The first ebooklet, Working with children to help prevent anxiety (new edition, book 1) is designed to complement this ebooklet, Working with children who are anxious (new edition, book 2).
Psych4Schools members can download now.
Non-members can purchase them from the Psych4Schools shop.
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Murray Evely, Psych4Schools Psychologist/Guidance Officer
O’Grady, L., Quayle, A., Martin, L.M., Cavanagh, S., (June, 2011) Tackling mental health in primary schools. InPsych, The Bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society, 33 (3), 30-31. Melbourne, VIC: Australian Psychological Society
Barrett, P., (October, 2014) Treatment guidance for common health disorders: Childhood anxiety disorders. InPsych, The Bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society, 36 (5),15. Melbourne, VIC: Australian Psychological Society