Understanding Anxiety: Supporting Anxious Children in the Classroom and Beyond

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The Summit School will be hosting – Understanding Anxiety: Supporting Children in the Classroom and BeyondWith up to one in four children struggling with anxiety the topic is timely and relevant. Parents, educators, counselor, tutors, specialists – those in the home, classroom, clinic and/or community who want more information about understanding and supporting anxious children will benefit from this conference.  Attendees will learn about the neuroscience of anxiety, as well as, easy-to-implement tools and strategies for reducing anxiety and increasing self-regulation. Speakers include William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., a clinical neuropsychologist and Jessica Minahan, a board-certified behavior analyst, special educator and author. This conference is open to the public and addresses anxiety in school aged children – elementary through high school.

The Understanding Anxiety conference will be on SaturdayApril 14, 2018 from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm at The Summit School, 664 East Central Avenue East, Edgewater, MD for more information or to register click here.

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Conference will cover:

  • The impact of anxiety on behavior and learning
  • Underdeveloped skills associated with anxiety
  • Why some students seek negative attention
  • 10 questions to ask prior to prescribing a strategy or an intervention
  • Why breaks may not be helpful
  • Dissecting transitions to reduce oppositional behavior
  • Teaching students self-regulation
  • Reducing negative thinking towards writing
  • Shifting reinforcement systems to increase skill development

Conference participants will be able to:

  • List common antecedents for students with anxiety
  • Enumerate strategies to promote initiation, persistence, and help-seeking skills, in students with work avoidance
  • Identify why common teacher practices and interventions may not always work for students with anxiety-related behavior
  • Describe classroom friendly self-monitoring strategies
  • List strategies for reducing negative thinking toward writing